- Governor Obaseki has expressed confidence that the Edo governorship election will be violence-free
- The governor urged all eligible voters to come out on the D-Day to vote
- Governor Obaseki also stated that he will respect the peace deal initiated by the Oba of Benin
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Governor Godwin Obaseki has urged eligible voters in Edo state to come out en masse on Saturday, September 19 and vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to enable him consolidate on his achievements in the first term.
The governor also assured residents in Edo state that the electioneering process will be violence-free.
Addressing party faithful during his reelection campaign rally in Urhonigbe wards 7 and 8, Orhionmwon local government area, Obaseki charged the electorate to turn out without fear of intimidation or harassment to vote and stay back to defend their votes.
“Come out and vote, don’t be afraid as there would be no violence; nobody will fight on that day, come out and vote. I am assuring you as the Chief Security Officer of the state that there will be no violence in Edo during this election.
“We all made a promise at the palace of His Royal Majesty, Omo N' Oba N' Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, that there would be no violence during this election," he assured.
Meanwhile, the PDP has continued to receive more defectors from various political parties in Edo ahead of the governorship election in the state.
The PDP received more defectors in its fold during the ward-to-ward election campaign for Governor Obaseki in Uhunmwode local government area on Monday, August 31.
Among those who defected to the PDP is the chairman of Edo Advanced Allied Party, Gabriel Erhahon, and the All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman in Ehor ward, Solomon Orumwense, among other ward chairmen.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the PDP Youth Assurance Movement recently alleged that the APC is fine-tuning strategies to rig the poll, while Governor Obaseki, the PDP candidate is coasting to victory on the back of huge grassroots' support.
Coordinator of the group, Prince Asunogie Tajudeen, made the comments during a press briefing in Benin city, the Edo state capital on Friday, August 28.
Tajudeen urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies to remain above board, stressing that “millions of Nigerians, home and abroad, are closely monitoring the events leading to the poll.”
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