- Governor Godwin Obaseki has gotten the backing of an influential group in Edo state
- The group, Edo Good Governance Group (E3G) have thrown their weight behind Obaseki's second term bid
- The group stated that so far, Edo state has witnessed verifiable improvements across all sectors under Obaseki
A group of professionals known as Edo Good Governance Group (E3G) have thrown their weight behind the Edo state governor Godwin Obaseki in his ongoing effort to return for a second term.
After a meeting that on Wednesday, June 3, the group called on all Edo people to rally round to ensure that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole does not impose his cronies on the state through an ambush.
Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is currently at loggerheads with Governor Obaseki, who happens to be his successor and erstwhile political godson.
In a statement signed by the convener of 3G, Engineer, Efosa Abieyuwa, the group described Oshiomhole as “a hypocrite who is hellbent on causing confusion in the state for his own selfish interest.”
Part of the statement read: “We have carefully observed the political events in the state in the past six months.
“So far Edo state has witnessed verifiable improvements across all sectors due to the interventions of the governor.
“We thank Mr Oshiomhole for giving him to us. However, we will resist any move he is making to remove him. Edo state is not a personal property of Oshiomhole.
“We thought that he was a people-oriented activist but now we know that he is a power-hungry godfather. We wish to warn him to stay away in Abuja and not step into Edo state in his own interest.
“From next week, the E3G will go to all local governments to inaugurate a mandate protection group to ensure that no one messes around with our votes.”
On the alleged moves by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to disqualify Governor Obaseki, the group insisted that the only condition for election to hold in Edo state is if Obaseki is on the ballot.
The group further asked President Muhammadu Buhari to please call Oshiomhole to order because according to them, “the tactics of exclusion and manipulation that he is said to be employing may lead to avoidable crisis and bloodletting during the election.”
Meanwhile, as the Edo and Ondo governorship elections approach, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has directed participating political parties planning to adopt the direct mode of primary elections to submit their membership register to the commission.
This was the position of the electoral body during a virtual meeting with political party leaders by INEC's national chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu on Monday, June 1.
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