- Governor Godwin Obaseki has urged Edo people not to select their votes in the forthcoming governorship election in the state
- The governor said there are plans by the opposition to offer each voter N10,000 each
- Obaseki urged them to collect the money and still vote for the PDP
The Edo state governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Godwin Obaseki, has urged the electorate in the state not to sell their votes but turn out en masse on Saturday, September 19, to exercise their franchise for the right candidate who can take the state forward.
Obaseki who gave the charge at a meeting with party faithful in Ward 4, Benin city, expressed confidence that he will win the forthcoming election and retain his seat.
He said: “I want to use this opportunity to thank you for coming out en masse when we rounded off our ward-to-ward campaign. You people made me proud; that rally is still being discussed.
“This election is about Ward 4 as the opposition have been lying that I have never won my ward. They are planning to buy votes here and in other wards; they want to induce you people with the sum of N10, 000 per voter.
“You know what to do; collect the money and still vote for the PDP. Collect their money and at the end, we will rejoice over them.”
On his part, Mr Adams Otige, the ward leader, assured the governor of the support of the people, assuring to mobilise thousands of other voters in the ward to ensure the governor’s victory at the poll.
Legit.ng had reported that Governor Obaseki on Tuesday, September 8 defeated the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu by over 17 points (Obaseki 57.73%; Ize-Iyamu 40.07%), in an online poll conducted by Channels Television in partnership with Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room.
The poll, according to the organisers, was put together to enable the general public to select their preferred gubernatorial candidates who are expected to feature in the station’s forthcoming debate programme.
Participants of the online poll were asked to make their choice from among the 14 candidates listed. Other notable candidates in the list include Jones Osagiobare of the Young Peoples Party and Lucky Osagie of the All Progressives Grand Alliance.
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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