- Governor Godwin Obaseki is confident of winning the forthcoming Edo state governorship election
- The incumbent governor and PDP candidate said his victory on Saturday, September 19 is certain
- The governor said over 100 groups in the south-south state have so far endorsed him ahead of the poll
Governor Godwin Obaseki on Tuesday, September 15 declared that with the support of Edo people and endorsements by over 100 groups in Edo, he is certain of victory in Saturday’s gubernatorial election in the state.
The governor who gave the assurance at the final reelection campaign rally in Benin city urged eligible voters in the state to come out en masse to vote the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to enable him to consolidate on the achievements and put an end to godfatherism in the state.
His words: “I don’t have anything to say to you my Edo people but to thank you; you have been wonderful especially as we went through the 192 wards to seek your support for reelection.
“With groups like the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Trade Union Congress (TUC) Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) and other groups in the state behind me, tell me how we will lose the election?”
Obaseki continued: “Democracy is not a government of godfathers but a government of the people, by the people and for the people. In Edo, we have been fighting godfatherism and by Saturday we will put an end to it, and after that go Lagos and put an end to godfatherism in Nigeria.
“The godfather disturbing Nigeria came up this morning, he is afraid because he knows when we finish that of Edo, we will come for him in Lagos and finally end godfatherism in Nigeria.”
Present at the rally were the former vice presidential candidate of the PDP in the 2019 general elections, Mr Peter Obi; chairman of PDP Governors' Forum and Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal and Delta state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa.
Others were Governors Nyesom Wike, Seyi Makinde, Ben Ayade, Duoye Diri, Victor Ikpeazu, Udom Emmanuel of Rivers, Oyo, Cross-Rivers, Bayelsa, Abia, Akwa Ibom states respectively, among other dignitaries.
Earlier in the day, a media aide to Governor Obaseki, Crusoe Osagie, declared 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 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.”
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