Apparently following the footsteps of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, his estranged political godfather and predecessor in office, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has vowed to end any trace of godfatherism in the South-South state.
Obaseki spoke as he concluded his ward-to-ward reelection campaign in Edo North Senatorial District maintained that the September 19, 2020, gubernatorial election in the state was an opportunity for the people of the state to send a strong signal to the rest of the country that Edo has moved on.
He promised to protect the interests of the majority of the people and bring an end to godfatherism, which he said is a threat to the growth and development of the state.
Obaseki who addressed party faithful in Ward 7, Etsako West Local Government Area, on Sunday called on the people to support him in the fight against godfatherism by voting en masse for the PDP in the forthcoming governorship poll.
The governor said that the progress of the state has been held down for too long by the godfather, adding: “In three years and a half, my eyes have seen a lot in Government. We need people who know what they are doing in Government. We want to stop all this nonsense so that we can create more jobs and a better future for our people.”
According to him, “The election of September 19, 2020, is a very serious one; on that day, we have to tell them that Edo must move forward and bring an end to godfatherism.”
In Iddo Ward 8, Etsako West Local Government Area, Governor Obaseki thanked leaders of the party and members of his campaign team for their time and sacrifices throughout the campaign which began two weeks ago.
He also urged the people to defend their votes, promising to resolve the lingering kingship tussle in Afokpella. On his part, Chairman of Edo State PDP Campaign Council, Chief Dan Orbih, urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure that the people’s votes count in the September 19, 2020 election in the state.
“As we conclude our campaign tour of Edo North Senatorial District, I want to send a very strong message to INEC. From what we have observed in the 64 Wards in Edo North, it is clear that Edo people are ready to vote for Governor Godwin Obaseki. I want to appeal to INEC to ensure that the votes of the people count in this election.”
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