Edo election will put a final end to godfatherism, says Gov Obaseki

Edo election will put a final end to godfatherism, says Gov Obaseki

- Governor Godwin Obaseki is confident that he will win the Edo governorship election

- Beyond his projected victory, the governor says his reelection will end godfatherism in Edo state

- Governor Obaseki fell out with his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole which led to his defection to the PDP

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo, says the September 19 governorship election in the state, will put a final end to godfatherism.

Obaseki made the comment during his ward to ward campaign tour across Esan north-east local government area.

He said the election is very vital, not just for the state, but the country, as the decision had to be made whether or not the state should move forward.

Edo election will put a final end to godfatherism, says Gov Obaseki
Governor Obaseki said his re-election will signal a new dawn for Edo state. Photo Credit: @EdoStateGovt
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Describing the area as a core Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) domain, Obaseki said: “The labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain. That is why I gave late Chief Tony Anenih a state funeral and some people asked why. Esan is the heart of politics, Anenih was PDP and PDP was Anenih.

“We have to continue from where he stopped. By the grace of God, I will continue to build roads, schools, hospitals and ensure that my people have electricity.

“To achieve all these, I need your support; go and vote PDP on the 19th of September and stay back to protect your votes.”

On his part, the chairman of Edo PDP campaign council, Chief Dan Orbih, called on the people to come out en masse to vote for the PDP and its candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki in the September 19 governorship election.

According to him, voting Obaseki is another way of to sustaining the legacies of late Chief Tony Anenih, a former chairman of the Board of Trustees of the PDP and minister of works.

The Edo PDP campaign chair said that one of the issues between Obaseki and the sacked national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was the reinstallation of the Ojuromi of Uromi.

His words: “Oshiomhole suspended the Ojuromi of Uromi, Anselm Aidenojie II, for a matter that can be easily resolved and refused to reinstate him after intervention from several quarters.

“Obaseki waded into the matter immediately when he became governor of the state and resolved the issue by reinstalling him and the action of the governor began the political fight we are experiencing today.

“My message to the good people of Esan land is to ensure that they vote PDP in the forthcoming election to keep the legacy of late Chief Tony Anenih alive.

“Anenih has led us well; we all are his followers. The people of Esan need to vote for PDP to keep his legacy alive. Adams Oshiomhole has no right to come to Esan land to start asking you people to vote for the APC.”

He also reminded them how Oshiomhole was disrespectful to the late Anenih, adding that the former APC chairman was fond of insulting Anenih in public.

Legit.ng had earlier reported that a former minister of foreign affairs and ex-APC chieftain, Chief Tom Ikimi, has declared his support for Governor Obaseki.

Ikimi, one of the founding fathers of the APC, declared his support for the governor when the PDP held a campaign in his domain - Igueben local government area on Wednesday, August 19.

Ikimi, 76, urged his people to reelect Governor Obaseki and Comrade Philip Shaiubu in the September 19 gubernatorial election to enable them consolidate on their achievements in the first term.

Meanwhile, tricycle and motorcycle operators numbering over 700 in Edo state on Thursday, August 20, endorsed Governor Obaseki for a second term in office.

The operators who were from seven different transport unions in the state said they decided to back Obaseki, due to his sterling performance, especially key reforms in the transport sector.

A spokesman of the transporters, Daniel Aiyegbeni, said the governor has done very well since he assumed office, especially with the abolition of multiple levies and dues which characterised the Oshiomhole era.

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