- Governor Godwin Obaseki has gotten the support of a key traditional ruler in Edo state ahead of the governorship election
- The traditional ruler of Ugboha, in Esan South-East local government area has declared his support for the governor
- The monarch, however, called for a free and fair election that is violent-free
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The traditional ruler of Ugboha, in Esan South-East local government area of Edo state, His Royal Highness Steven Ukato Odijie, has assured Governor Godwin Obaseki of the unflinching support of the people of Esan land, citing the governor’s sterling performance across the state.
The monarch, who gave the assurance, on Monday, August 17, in his palace, when he received the governor with his campaign team, said: “Come September 19, 2020, Edo people will express their appreciation for the governor’s achievements by re-electing him.”
He then told the governor: “Thank you for your good work for Esan people; my people and I will support you. You will get our support to continue with your developmental strides across the state.”
Calling for a violent-free election campaign in Edo, the monarch noted: “This is campaign period, I urge all those contesting the election to ensure they do so in peace and ensure there is no violence on election day.”
On his part, Governor Obaseki thanked the people for their support, promising to bring more developmental projects to the community if re-elected.
Recently, supporters of Governor Obaseki put up a carnival-like march in Benin, the state capital on Saturday, August 15.
Commercial activities were halted temporarily in the city as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supporters staged a massive walk which they termed the Umbrella March, to reinforce their support for the governor.
Legit.ng gathered that the march, which was organised by the Edo Voters Volunteers Assembly (EVVA), a grassroots voter mobilisation body, had over 2,000 participants.
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In a related development, the PDP in Edo on Wednesday, August 12, welcomed 3,000 new members in the Owan East local government area of the state.
The defectors who are former members of the All Progressives Congress, declared support for the PDP.
Meanwhile, Governor Obaseki, on Friday, August 14, urged his supporters in Edo state to go out en-masse and cast their votes for the PDP in the election.
The governor admonished his supporters to not only vote, but keep an eagle-eye on the process and the results as they unfold.
Obaseki made the call while addressing party faithfuls in Ward 6, Ukhuse in Owan West local government area during his re-election campaign rally.
Read more on the Edo election here.
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