By Osahon Osahon
The governors of Rivers, Oyo, Delta and Sokoto States on Friday declared that Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the September 19 governorship election in Edo State will defeat his major rival and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
They said Edo people were not fools to be deceived by the former national chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who had severally warned Edo people against voting for the now APC candidate to rule the state.
The PDP governors made the declaration while addressing the mammoth crowd of supporters at the campaign flag-off for the re-election of Godwin Obaseki on Saturday.
They told the people of Edo to re-elect Obaseki, whom they said have done well for the people of the state in the almost four years as governor.
For Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers and chairman of the Edo PDP Campaign said that the opposition APC has no candidate for the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
“APC has no candidate. Ize-Iyamu is not a candidate for the election. Don’t be afraid, nobody can rig this election. No one man can decide for us in Edo.
“APC has no candidate to match PDP candidate. I can’t talk about him because he is not worth it. Be watchful and vote rightly,” he said.
Wike who recalled the negative statements made by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole against the APC candidate, said Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, cannot be trusted.
“Edo people are not fools, you should not dance to his [Oshiomhole’s] tune.
“APC believes in rigging, but it will be difficult for them in Edo. Obaseki has done well, he disappointed the godfathers in Edo.
“We will retain the state as PDP, let’s replicate what we did in Rivers State by staying back and protect your votes. Nothing will happen to anybody. Election will be won by Obaseki achievements.
God-fatherism will not rise again,” he said.
In his remarks, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state said that Oshiomhole cannot eat his cake and still have it.
“You can’t eat your cake and have. He was all over the place in the past, condemning god-fatherism, but now wants to become a godfather in Edo.
Tambuwal who noted that Edo is a very strategic and important state in Nigeria, appealed to President Muhamadu Buhari not to fail to deliver free fair election in Nigeria.
This is even as he charged Chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, to trail on the legacy of Attahiru Jega.
“Mahmood has a date with history in Edo elections and other states. He must be neutral and conduct a free and fair election.
“You have a name and reputation at stake. Don’t allow anyone to use you to do his dirt job,” he said.
On his part, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state, noted that the debt profile left by Oshiomhole was settled by Obaseki, do his best to alleviate the debt.
Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state described Governor Obaseki as a good product to sell.
In his address, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state said he was happy to see all PDP stalwarts coming as one in Edo state.
“Things are getting better, let’s it be so and continue. Come and deliver the state to PDP,” he said.
National chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, who handed the party flag to Governor Obaseki, noted that all that needed to be said had been said by Adams Oshiomhole.
He therefore urged Obaseki not to dissipate much energy on the election but concentrate on governance.
Secondus added that the Edo election will be a litmus test for the administration of President Buhari as to if it will be truly free.
In his acceptance speech, elated Governor Godwin Obaseki, said his main concern is how to make Edo great again.
He said: “Our message is one, our message is that of hope. We will continue to focus on how to improve governance, how to improve and transform the lives of the people.
“We will concentrate on youth empowerment, to ensure that Edo becomes one of the greatest states in Nigeria.”
Commenting on the bloody clash between supporters of the APC and PDP which occurred at the palace of the Benin Monarch earlier in the day, Obaseki warned his supporters not to retaliate but conduct themselves in a peaceful manner.
“We do not want bloodshed. Do not retaliate for us. What they are trying to do is to scare the people,” Obaseki said.