Edo election: Gov Obaseki kicks off campaign in northern senatorial zone

Edo election: Gov Obaseki kicks off campaign in northern senatorial zone

- Governor Godwin Obaseki has kick-started his campaigns across Edo state ahead of the governorship election

- The governor chose the domain of his political foe, Adams Oshiomhole, to kick-start his campaign

- Thousands of PDP supporters and members of the public trooped out to identify with the governor

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Edo governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki on Monday, August 3 kicked off his re-election campaign in Akoko Edo local government area of the state in Edo north senatorial district.

The senatorial district is the domain of the former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who is also a major political foe of the governor.

Speaking to the large crowd of party supporters who welcomed him to the area, Governor Obaseki promised to build on the good foundation his administration has laid in the last three years and eight months.

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According to him, his administration already has an economic blueprint that will address the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Receiving the governor in his palace, the Otaru of Igarra, Oba Emmanuel Adeche Saiki II, prayed that God will guide the governor and bless his plans for the state.

Edo election: Gov Obaseki kicks off campaign in northern senatorial zone

Governor Obaseki at the palace of the Otaru of Igarra, Oba Emmanuel Adeche Saiki II. Photo credit: Edo state govt
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“We pray that God will guide you in all your ways. You should not be discouraged in advising the youths against violence and political thuggery, because the era of violence and thuggery is gone,” the Otaru said.

Responding, Obaseki said that with the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the people need a leader with focus and one that is genuinely concerned about the well-being of the people of the state.

Also speaking, the deputy governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu thanked the people for their support in the last three years and eight months and sought their continued support and votes, come September 19.

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Meanwhile, leaders and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ovia north east local government area of Edo state have expressed optimism that Governor Obaseki and his deputy will be reelected for a second term in office.

The leaders say Obaseki ought to be reelected on account of his administration’s sterling performance across all sectors of Edo state.

They also stated that they are anxiously waiting for the September 19 governorship election to win all their units for the PDP.

In a related developement, the special adviser to the Edo state governor on media and communication strategy, Crusoe Osagie, has dismissed as inconsequential, the recent defection of a few political appointees and other members of the Obaseki-led government to the APC.

In a statement sent to journalists on Monday, August 3, Osagie said the defection is easily traced to the monetised campaign of the opposition.

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He alleged that the APC is “buying the souls of persons within government to boost the morale of their ebbing supporters.”

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