- Edo government has responded to the comments of Bola Tinubu on the forthcoming governorship election in the state
- Tinubu had in a video, urged the people of the state to reject Governor Godwin Obaseki at the poll
- The Edo government asked Tinubu to take note that its people do not yield to the will of oppressive figures
A media aide to Governor Godwin Obaseki, Crusoe Osagie, has said that the former Lagos state governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, cannot extend his political empire to Edo, adding that the people of the state are determined to end godfatherism in their domain.
Osagie was reacting to a viral video of Tinubu asking the people of Edo state not to vote for Governor Obaseki.
In a statement issued in Benin city, the Edo state capital on Tuesday, September 15, Osagie said: “Tinubu, in his quest to extend his political dominance and empire to Edo State, decided to take over the role of Edo people to choose through the ballot who to govern them for the next four years.”
Osagie noted: “It has become obvious that the spirited fight which Edo people have put up against godfatherism has sent tremors beyond the shores of Edo to the likes of Tinubu, who has for years sustained a stranglehold on Lagos and other states in southwestern Nigeria.
“Hence this desperate, last-ditch effort to rescue the unproductive political instrument, now popularly referred to as godfatherism, with which he has feathered his nest and built his political empire at the expense of the people.”
Stressing that Edo people are committed to ending godfatherism in the state, he said: “Tinubu knows clearly that come September 19, when godfatherism would have been dismantled in Edo state, the people of Lagos may just have found the recipe and formula for removing the chokehold placed on their collective destinies for decades by Tinubu, hence the inciting television broadcast.
“He should take note that Edo people do not yield their will, liberty and power of choice to oppressive figures because they are perceived to have economic and political means.
“We always chase noble causes and a little study of our history should show Tinubu the indomitable spirit of the Edo person.
“We call on all Edo people, friends of Nigeria and all lovers of democracy to disregard all the comments by Tinubu, as the allegations about the Edo state House of Assembly and other claims in the broadcast are completely false.
“We urge the irrepressible people of Edo state to disregard the threats and come out en-masse on September 19 to vote for Governor Godwin Obaseki and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as their voice and vote are supreme in the governorship contest.”
Meanwhile, some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo state, have called on eligible voters in the state to come out en masse without fear of intimidation and harassment to vote for Governor Obaseki.
The PDP chieftains who spoke during a roadshow organised by leaders of Oredo Ward 2 to educate the people against election apathy, urged the electorate to come out and exercise their franchise for the candidate of their choice.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the PDP Youth Assurance Movement alleged that the All Progressives Congress is fine-tuning strategies to rig the poll, while Governor Obaseki 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, urging the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies to remain above board.
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