Former governor of Edo state, Lucky Igbinedion on Sunday broke his long silence in the politics of the state by boasting that the next person to govern the state must get his anointing to win the 2016 governorship election.
Igbinedion who left office in 2007 after governing for eight years, declared that he would play a prominent role in the choice of who becomes the Peoples Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate in the state in 2016.
He made the declaration during the birthday celebration of the former Secretary to the State Government (SSG) during his administration, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his wife, both of whom share same birthday.
The former governor who noted that there was no iota of doubt that he (Igbinedion), is well loved by the people of the state, added that, till date he remains the only governor whose victory at the polls was never challenged in any court of law.
He said no matter what people say, he remained a staunch member of the Peoples Democracy Party (PDP), adding that by virtue of his high rating in the party, he is in a prime position to anoint who will be the next governor of the state.
“Whoever is going to be the next governor of Edo state must be one of the founding members of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state and must also be a member of the family,” he said.
According to the former governor, the people of the state would be happy when the choice of the party’s flagbearer is made, noting that, “there would be celebration all over.”
It would be recalled that Ize-Iyamu is one of those tipped as frontrunners in the PDP to contest 2016 governorship election in the state.