- Butchers and traders in Edo state have declared their support for Governor Godwin Obaseki
- To show their support for the governor, the traders and butchers held a solidarity rally in support for Obaseki in Benin city
- They declared that since Obaseki assumed duty as Edo state governor, butchers and traders in the state have known peace
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Commercial activities were halted temporarily in the early hours of Wednesday, September 9 as butchers and traders in Edo state shut down abattoirs, meat markets and shops in the state to show solidarity and rally support for the re-election bid of Governor Godwin Obaseki.
The elated traders, in spite of the heavy rainfall in the state capital, turned out in their numbers canvassing votes to ensure victory for the governor and his deputy and running mate, Comrade Philip Shaibu.
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Speaking at the rally, Association of Edo Practicing Butchers president, Comrade Akhere Odigie, commended the Obaseki-led government for creating the enabling environment for business growth and stability and for abolishing illegal levies in the state.
His words: “We, the butchers have agreed in totality that Obaseki is our next governor and he shall continue to occupy the seat of government till 2024 because of his developmental strides and laudable programmes for butchers.
“Today, we have shut down our abattoirs and meat shops, along with other meat sellers across the various markets in Edo State to endorse Godwin Obaseki.”
According to him, “Since Obaseki assumed duty as Governor of Edo state, butchers in the state have known peace.
“We have resolved that come September 19, 2020, we will vote for him en masse and stay back after voting to defend our votes. We support one man, one vote and say no to the godfather.”
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Legit.ng had earlier reported that 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, Mr 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 previous administration
In a related development, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former governorship aspirant in Edo state, Ken Imasuangbon, has said the opposition are fighting a lost battle.
According to Imasuangbon, the governorship election has already been won and lost, stating that the PDP and its candidate, Governor Obaseki, are enjoying massive support from the electorate and the people of the state.
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