A former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, says Nigerian politicians should not take the electorate for granted.
Oyegun who was reacting the outcome of the Edo State governorship election, in which Governor Godwin Obaseki defeated Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC, said the masses are ready to punish politicians at the polls.
He argued that the people had not only proven to be wiser than their leaders but are also ready to punish their leaders when they step out of the lines.
While expressing satisfaction that the people of Edo have finally overcome the two years torturous situation, he however attributed the peaceful outcome to the election to the positive intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari, Oba of Benin among many other leaders.
He also noted that the outcome of the election can be likened to the concession by former President Jonathan to the outcome of the 2015 Presidential election, stressing that he has no remorse over his actions and inactions in the build-up to the poll.
“The people are now telling the whole country that their leaders should not take them as fools and or for granted. The people have now proven to be wiser than their leaders and are ready to punish their leaders when they step out of lines.
“This should be a major lesson to all the political actors and the political parties not just the APC. They must all pay attention to the fact that they should never take their followers and the people for granted,” he noted.