- More endorsements are been recorded by the PDP camp in Edo state for Governor Godwin Obaseki
- The Yoruba community in the state have joined those endorsing the governor for a second term in office
- Arewa youth in the state have also pledged to support the governor during the governorship election
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The Yoruba community in Edo has pledged to vote en masse for Governor Godwin Obaseki in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
A spokesman for the community, Abiodun Adewale, made the pledge on Friday, September 4 while speaking to journalists in Benin city, the Edo state capital.
His words: “We are standing with Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu who have made Edo state another for Yoruba businessmen and women.
“The Obaseki-led administration has made it easy for us to do our businesses here. Nobody harasses you anymore for illegal and burdensome levies. Ring Road, Lagos street and other places where many Yoruba people ply their trade have been revamped, so we will all vote for Obaseki come September 19.”
“Yoruba people; lecturers, media practitioners, taxi and bus drivers, printers, tailors, hawkers of traditional medicine or agbo, farmers, those selling along Lagos street and every other Yoruba person in Edo state should vote for Obaseki and the PDP,” he announced.
Similarly, Arewa youth in Edo state have also declared support for the re-election of Governor Obaseki, in the September 19 gubernatorial election.
President of the Edo Arewa group, Alhaji Sahabi Umar, made the declaration while addressing a crowd of PDP supporters in Wards 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Ikpoba-Okha local government area of the state.
He said: “We, the Hausa people, have no choice but to vote for him massively. We are strongly supporting him and will vote for him and his deputy, Rt.Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, who we have adopted as our brother.
“Shaibu has given employment opportunities to many sons and daughters of Hausaland. He does not discriminate, while he was in Edo House of Assembly and House of Representatives, he employed Muslims that are Hausas.
“The governor has done well; his administration is good to everyone in the state. He accommodated us. All the northerners are very okay and satisfied with his governance style. We are full residents of this place. We got married here and all have our voters' cards.”
On social media, Governor Obaseki continues to get support from Edolites and Nigerians in general.
Amandianaeze Forster wrote on Twitter: I love this man. I love him because he is a man that has refused to be cowed like Ambode. Indeed Edo is not Lagos.
Henry Chuks Uzor wrote: Governor Goodwin Obaseki is a true and dependable leader who has all that it takes to change the narratives of Edo state and the people for the next 4 years.
Ibrahim Giwa-Osagie Esq wrote: Nigerians expect to put the governance of Edo state in the hands of Oshomole and Ize Iyamu. Men that have never employed or managed a company in their lifetime. If Obaseki didn't create enabling environment or infrastructure, will investment flow into the Edo?
Enebechi Leo Blaqqie Esq. wrote: APC's destiny is to be the opposition. Look back at the amount of progress we made when APC was the opposition under GEJ. See also the number of gains that Obaseki has made because the mechanism of APC is his opposition. APC should just mind their opposition destiny and allow PDP to lead.
Legit.ng had previously reported that the chairman of Edo state PDP campaign council, Chief Dan Orbih, warned that any attempt to rig the forthcoming September 19 gubernatorial election in the state, would be strongly resisted by the people.
Orbih also called on the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies to ensure a free, fair and credible poll, adding that anything short of that may trigger a chain of cataclysmic reactions, the end of which no one can predict.
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Meanwhile, Governor Obaseki has declared that the Edo governorship election will put a final end to godfatherism in the state.
Obaseki made the comment during his ward to ward campaign tour across Esan north-east local government area, adding that 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.
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