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The axed Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Adams Oshiomhole says ‘I’m not down’ contrary to public beliefs.
Oshiomhole’s brief video comment may have put to rest, the speculations that he was crushed by the news of losing the governorship election.
The former governor of Edo State who had championed the unseating of the Edo governor, Godwin Obaseki during the just concluded election said ‘in life, you work hard and leave God for the outcome’.
This would be Oshiomhole’s first comment after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared his arched rival, Obaseki the winner of the governorship election held on Saturday, 19 September 2020.
Oshiomhole reacted in an unusual location, a personal gymnasium to address his supporters and send a message of appreciation.
He said ‘In life, you work hard and leave God for the outcome. You do your best and trust God to bless your efforts. I feel good, I feel strong, thank God. In life, you win some and you lose some but life goes on’.
Thanking his supporters and well-wishers, the former APC Chairman said ‘a lot of people will be thinking now, oh, Comrade must be down, but I am not down. When God says you are not down, you are not down and I am not down’.
Oshiomhole said he was inspired by septuagenarians, who were, despite frustrated because of card readers that were not working, endured the harsh weather to cast their votes, ‘it inspired me that if at that age, they don’t give up, why should I give up?” he queried.
He continued ‘I asked our people to have faith in our country because we are not going to have another one. This is our country and we must make it great. We must strengthen democracy. We must improve on it. No matter the outcome of an election, or a particular edition of a process, have faith in God and have faith in our country.’
Oshiomhole campaigned for the candidate of the APC, Osagie Ize-Iyamu after the party headed by the former chairman, disqualified Obaseki from running for a second term on the platform.