- Former APC national chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, has said that he has no preferred candidate for Edo election
- INEC is conducting the governorship election in the state on Saturday, September 19
- Odigie-Oyegun, however, noted that Oshiomhole-led APC forced Governor Obaseki out of the party
Two days after he refused to endorse the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osagie Ize-Iyamu, a former national chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, said he has no preferred candidate for Edo governorship election.
Premium Times reports that Odigie-Oyegun, however, advised the public to disregard a statement purported to have emanated from him projecting any candidate in the election.
Legit.ng gathered that in a statement he issued on Wednesday, September 16, the former APC chairman said he lacks the power to determine who rules the state for the next four years as such a decision rests with the electorate.
“In the matter of who governs Edo state, the people are sovereign and no individual or group, whatever their status, can decide on their behalf," he said.
Odigie-Oyegun, however, maintained that the dissolved Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) ‘mistreated’ Governor Godwin Obaseki and forced him into the PDP.
“My views and statements on the Edo political situation have been consistent. I strongly advised against the mistreatment of Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki by the late unlamented National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC and his subsequent forced exit from the APC.
“Governor Obaseki stood bravely for the dignity and the pride of his people and in the process, suffered unacceptable indignities,” he argued.
He urged the people to come out en masse to exercise their franchise on election day.
“They should vote for good governance, common decency, principled leadership especially in the political arena and the protection of their vital democratic rights.
“They should stand by their votes, make clear that it is their right to choose their governor and nobody else. There is no room for fence-sitters,” he concluded.
Odigie-Oyegun is a part of the 49-member committee for the APC campaign in Edo state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the national leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu begged voters in Edo state to reject Governor Obaseki.
It was reported that the former Lagos state governor who disclosed this in a broadcast on TVC on Tuesday, September 15, said Obaseki does not deserve any democratic ballot paper and should be voted out.
Tinubu added that the governor did not partake in the struggle for Nigeria’s democracy.
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