Edo state Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, Tuesday maintained that the outcome of next Saturday’s guber election would reinforce the reigning saying in Edo’s public sphere, “Edo No be Lagos”.
Obaseki also stated that the election would provide for the people of Lagos a template to dislodge “godfatherism” as well as set the stage for the realisation of the full potentials of Lagos, which according to him, Lagosians have been denied of for decades.
Edo is not Lagos is in reference to the immediate past governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode, who was denied a second term by the power brokers in the Lagos All Progressives Congress (APC) for his alleged betrayal of those who assisted him to power and up with policies which gravely affected their economic ‘lifelines’.
This was contained in a statement issued by Crusoe Osagie, Media aide to the governor in response to ex-Lagos state governor and National leader of APC, Ahmed Tinubu’s statement during which he urged Edo electorates to reject Obaseki at the September 19 governorship poll.
Obaseki who noted that the APC leader cannot extend his political empire to Edo state, said, “Edo people are determined to end the godfatherism in the state”.
He maintained that Tinubu’s “quest” to extend his political dominance and empire to Edo State would be rejected by the People.
According to him, “It has become obvious that the spirited fight which Edo people have put up against godfatherism has sent tremors beyond the shores of Edo to the likes of Tinubu, who has for years sustained a stranglehold on Lagos and other states in South Western Nigeria.
“Hence, this desperate, last ditch effort to rescue the unproductive political instrument, now popularly referred to as godfatherism, with which he has feathered his nest and built his political empire at the expense of the people.
“He should take note that Edo people do not yield their will, liberty and power of choice to oppressive figures because they are perceived to have economic and political means.
“We urge the irrepressible people of Edo State to disregard the threats and come out en-masse on September 19 to vote for Governor Godwin Obaseki and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as their voice and vote are supreme in the governorship contest,” he said.