- The Obaseki family of Benin kingdom has reaffirmed support for the reelection of the Edo state governor
- The family also promised to mobilise other members of the clan, at home and in the diaspora, to ensure the governor’s victory at the poll
- On his part, the governor said the Obaseki family has continued to offer great service to Edo people
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The Obaseki family of Benin kingdom has reaffirmed support for the reelection of their son and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Governor Godwin Obaseki.
The prominent and well-respected family also promised to mobilise other members of the family, at home and in the diaspora, to ensure the governor’s victory at the poll.
William Gaius Obaseki, who spoke on Wednesday, September 9 in Benin city, on behalf of the Obaseki Ogbeide-Oyo family, during the 100th remembrance anniversary of their late patriarch, Agho Obaseki, expressed confidence that the governor’s performance will earn him reelection.
He assured that the entire family will cast their votes for their son, Governor Obaseki, to ensure he comes out victorious in the election.
His words: “We want to assure our son that we are solidly behind him. We will support him and ensure he comes out victorious come September 19, 2020. It will not just be a victory but a landslide victory for the governor.
“Don't be afraid of anything; forget the rumour that thugs are imported into the state. We don't have factories for thugs but we believe only in God. God gave him victory before and that same God will again give him victory on September 19, 2020.”
On his part, the governor said the Obaseki family has continued to offer great service to Edo people and the monarchy of the Great Benin Kingdom, noting that the family has another chance to demonstrate its values of rendering services to Edo people through good governance.
“We are not here for ourselves but to serve others. We have not been poor; it's not about money but service. We will preserve that great name.
“As a family, we have another chance to demonstrate those same values of stewardship to bring up our state again to greatness and development. This is the reason I am contesting for a second term,” the governor said.
Meanwhile, commercial activities were halted temporarily in the early hours of Wednesday, September 9 as butchers and traders in Edo shut down abattoirs, meat markets and shops in the state to show solidarity and rally support for the re-election bid of Governor 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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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.
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