- Over 300 Christian leaders have endorsed the second term bid of Governor Godwin Obaseki in the forthcoming Edo election
- The religious leaders are under the aegis of Kingdom Minded Ministers Association
- They promised to mobilise their followers and other Christian faithful across the state to ensure the governor’s reelection
Over 300 Christian leaders from the 18 local government areas of Edo state have thrown their weight behind the second term bid of Governor Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The religious leaders also promised to mobilise their followers and other Christian faithful across the state to ensure the governor’s reelection.
The leaders under the aegis of Kingdom Minded Ministers Association (KMMA) noted that the Christian community in Edo is inspired by the sincerity and passion of the governor in ensuring human and infrastructural development in the state.
President of KMMA, Rev. Dr Sharp Okoro, said: “We specially took note of the fact that you are not a noise-making governor, rather you chose to let your work speak for you.
“The church particularly appreciates the elimination of land speculators/touts that thrive through the oppression and exploitation of hardworking residents of Edo state, thus scaring away would-be investors.”
Bishop Ohis Emmanuel, vice president of KMMA, said the endorsement became important “to avert the return of the reign of terror, godfatherism, institutionalisation of corruption and political patronage.”
He noted: “If democracy is the government of the people by the people and for the people, then power must return to the people. We have come to install the people's governor so that the people of Edo state will rejoice again.”
In his remark, Obaseki noted: “The only thing that bothers me now is that my covenant with God should not be broken. I do not want to be elected for a second term as governor with the blood of anyone in my hands. I am calling on you to help me pray that in the September 19, 2020 election, we should not lose any soul in the state.
“My mandate is to serve God by serving my people. We don’t shout because God doesn’t want us to shout but return all the glory to him. We have overcome all the obstacles they have put before us and on Saturday, September 19, we shall overcome yet again.”
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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