Edo Gubernatorial election: Group endorses Obaseki for second term

The Governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki
Emeh Joy

A group of professionals known as Edo Good Governance Group (E3G) have shown their support for the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki in his ongoing quest to return for a second tenure.

The group held a meeting on Wednesday and called on the people of Edo state to rally around and ensure that Comrade Adams Oshiomole does not impose his cronies on the country via an ambush.

Oshiomole, who is the National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has been at loggerheads with the current governor of the state, Obaseki who happens to be his successor and former political godson.

The group describe Oshiomole as "a hypocrite" in a statement signed by the convener of E3G, Engineer Efosa Abieyuwa. They said Oshiomole is "hellbent on causing confusion in the state for his own selfish interest".

The statement read in part, "We have carefully observed the political events in the state in the past six months. So far, Edo state has witnessed verifiable improvements across all sectors due to the interventions of the governor.

"We thank Mr Oshiomole for giving him to us. However, we will resist any move he is making to remove him. Edo state is not a personal property of Oshiomole. We thought that he was a people-oriented activist, but now, we know that he is a power-hungry godfather. We wish to warn him to stay away in Abuja and not step into Edo state in his own interest."

It has been alleged that APC has been making moves to disqualify Obaseki. However, the group said that the only condition for election to hold in Edo state is if Obaseki is on the ballot.

The group went further to implore President Buhari to call Oshiomole to order as "The tactics of exclusion and manipulation that he is said to be employing may lead to avoidable crisis and bloodletting during the election", they said.

As the Edo and Ondo gubernatorial elections are fast approaching, the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has directed that participating parties should submit their membership register to the commission.

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