The candidate of Labour Party in the Edo governorship election, Amos Areloegbe, has lamented the increased burden of funding his campaigns following the postponement of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The electoral body announced the postponement of the election on Thursday, after security agencies warned of threats.
Mr. Areloegbe told PREMIUM TIMES on Monday that although he would have wanted the election to hold as scheduled, the security report was something that could not be ignored.
According to him, he would need to do some more work to sustain the support of his campaign, but noted: “That will definitely involve more cash”.
He said the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party had intimidating number of billboards and posters and had funds to sustain their campaigns, but the LP had no funds.
“To them (APC and PDP), they have the money, but we don’t have the kind of money they have,” he said.
“I can’t compete with the big giants, because of the way they are dishing out money.
“My campaign has been self-funding, I don’t have external funding. They have been in power, they have other governors to fund their campaigns.”
Mr. Areloegbe, however, said he would take advantage of the postponement to reach other places he could not get to before now.
“If the security men that are supposed to protect us are saying they are not prepared, then what do we do, we cannot risk our lives. If anything happens, they will also say it was because we did not yield to their advice,” he said.
“Since that is what they want, let us take it that way, we hope they do not change the date again.
“Whatever has a disadvantage, also has an advantage too. It will also make those who have not known me properly or met with me to know me more. There are pros and cons definitely.”
The LP candidate also lamented the failure of the INEC to carry party candidates along, saying he heard the postponement in the news.
Meanwhile, the Edo State PDP has accepted the postponement, urging its supporters to be calm and be prepared to vote out the APC onSeptember 28.
While appreciating its supporters for their resilience in the run up to September 10, being the earlier scheduled date for the election, the party urged them not to be overwhelmed by the disappointment caused by the postponement.
“Our enthusiasm to partake in the voting exercise, which apparently was one of the objectives of the postponement, should not be dampened,” Chris Nehikhare, the party’s Publicity Secretary, said.
“Rather, this rude interference should serve as a challenge to rededicate ourselves to the goal of repositioning our state through the ballot by voting to ‘change the change’ which has made us almost miserable.
“September 28, the new date for the election, is around the corner. On this day, Edo people must make those that seek to subjugate or subvert their will know that on this matter, we are unbending and inconquerable.”