- Atiku Abubakar has reacted to the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki
- The former PDP presidential candidate congratulated Obaseki and the people of Edo state
- Atiku said Obaseki's victory is a declaration of independence from the anti-democratic forces of godfatherism
A former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday, September 20, reacted to the reelection of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state.
In a statement made available to Legit.ng, Atiku congratulated Governor Obaseki noting that the end of godfatherism has come in Nigeria.
The former presidential candidate went on to state that it is a new dawn in Edo state, adding that the hard-won victory of Governor Obaseki is a declaration of independence from the anti-democratic forces of godfatherism and militarism.
He said: "No victory could be sweeter than this, and I heartily congratulate the Governor and the good people of Edo state for their resilience in the face of the forces arrayed against them.
I most heartily congratulate the Peoples Democratic Party, who stood shoulder to shoulder, with the people of Edo and their Government, in good times and bad. We in the PDP have shown that we are not fair-weather friends to the good people of Edo.
In good times, we will walk beside you. In bad times, we will be your loyal ‘comrade'. We will never be a turncoat. We will never abandon the principles we once espoused so that we can dine with our nemesis. Democracy has no nemesis. And this, the PDP has again proved.
I look forward to the continuation of four more years of tangible development, and people-centered leadership from Governor Obaseki.
And to the good people of Ondo state, my message to you is that freedom from the oppressive grasp of godfathers and external forces that seek to dominate your will and eviscerate your treasury, is possible. Edo has done it. You can do it too!"
Atiku also thanked the Oba of Benin, His Royal Highness, Omo N'oba N'Edo Uku Akpolopkolo, Ewuare II, for the fatherly role he played as a neutral catalyst for peace in the state.
He noted that the Edo election was free from violence, is a testament of the long and effective shadow he casts over his domain.
The former vice president of Nigeria boasted that from personal experience, he knows Obaseki to be a magnanimous man, and urged Ize-Iyamu to accept the right hand of fellowship that is likely to be extended to him.
He also called on the APC governorship candidate to come back to PDP as it is not too late for him to head in the right correction.
"The leprous hand he is now holding can only lead to a destination of barrenness. He is amongst strange bedfellows, and I remind him that no matter how far one has gone on the wrong road, it is never too late to turn back and head in the right direction. The PDP is the right direction," Atiku said.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the candidate of the PDP Obaseki, the winner of the governorship election held in Edo state on Saturday, September 19.
After collating and sorting of the election results, the electoral umpire declared that Obaseki won 13 local governments out of the 18 local government areas of the state.
The election was keenly contested between the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Obaseki.
Obaseki polled a total number of 307,955 to defeat his main challenger, Ize-Iyamu who scored 223,619.
Similarly, Salihu Yakasai, the media aide to Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has reacted to the results being released by INEC in the governorship election held in Edo state on Saturday, September 19.
He admitted that the PDP and its candidate have won the governorship election. Yakasai, however, said the defeat provides “important lessons” to APC as a party.
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