Edo election: We'll continue to pursue peace even in face of provocation - Obaseki

Edo election: We'll continue to pursue peace even in face of provocation - Obaseki

- Governor Godwin Obaseki says he is determined to ensure peace in Edo despite the charged political atmosphere

- Obaseki gave the assurance when he visited a monarch in Etsako central local government area of the state

- The governor is currently embarking on a ward-to-ward campaign ahead of the September 19 governorship poll

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Edo governor, Godwin Obaseki, has declared his administration's commitment to ensure peace in the state despite the politically charged atmosphere.

Obaseki gave the assurance when he visited the Egiegbai II of Ekperi Kingdom, Alhaji Deke Kanoba, in Etsako central local government area of the state in continuation of his ward-to-ward campaign ahead of the September 19 gubernatorial election.

Edo election: We'll continue to pursue peace even in face of provocation - Obaseki

Obaseki speaking at the palace of the monarch during his visit. Photo Credit: Edo state govt
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He noted: “I will continue to do everything within my powers even in the face of provocation from opposition to ensure that our dear state is peaceful.

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“No business can thrive in a state where there is no peace.”

In his remarks, the Egiegbai II of Ekperi Kingdom, said that his palace does not get involved in partisan politics, adding that his interest is in good governance.

The monarch called for peaceful rallies among political parties, urging security agencies to ensure a peaceful election process.

Meanwhile, Governor Obaseki has declared that he will vehemently resist forces fighting to stop his people-centric projects in the state.

“We have people fighting us because they want to stop our resolve to develop Edo state, but we are ever ready to ensure the development train continues non-stop. This election is all about progress,” the governor told his supporters at a campaign rally recently.

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Obaseki had earlier vowed to sustain the tempo of developmental strides by his administration across all sectors “despite distractions by a few selfish politicians who are hellbent on further plundering the fortunes of the state.”

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The governor who spoke to his supporters in wards 5 and 9, Etsako east local government area on Thursday, August 6, said his government will continue to utilise the state’s resources for developmental projects in order improve the livelihood of the majority of Edo people.

Obaseki described the failed invasion of the Edo state House of Assembly Complex as an attempted coup d’état that is as good as treason and contrary to the Nigerian Constitution.

The governor made the statement in a statewide broadcast on Friday, August 7, adding that the event signals grave danger to the safety and security of the polity.

He, however, assured the people of Edo state that his administration will take all the steps necessary to defend the rule of law and democratic ideals.

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