Don’t turn Edo to theatre of war, ADP tells APC, PDP
Owan East women pledge support for Obaseki’s re-election
The opposition Action Democratic party (ADP) has warned chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against turning Edo State to a theatre of war ahead of the September 19 governorship ballot.
National Chairman of ADP, Yabagi Sani, argued that the use of uncomplimentary language by the two parties could lead to the breakdown of law and order.
Addressing reporters at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja yesterday, Sani said the ugly trend indicated that the APC and PDP gladiators had little or no regard for popular interest.
He, therefore, called on the key political actors in Edo and Ondo states to listen to the voice of reason and play the game by the rules, avoiding mischief and use of profane language capable of disrupting the electoral process.
However, as the PDP rounded off its campaign in Edo North Senatorial District yesterday ahead of the September 19 governorship election, hundreds of women gathered across the 10 wards in Owan East Council and pledged to ensure victory for the party’s candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki.
With the hope that women from the 10 wards, inspired by PDP women, would come out en masse to vote the party, women leader in the council, Joy Eshie, and some youths promised to ensure victory for the party because of Obaseki’s achievements.
The women, who frowned on the maltreatment of the governor by the APC, vowed to take the campaign for Obaseki and the PDP to the voters’ doorsteps.
“We are here today to drop the APC card and join the PDP. We have seen light in Obaseki. We cannot afford to go back to the dark days. Obaseki was denied the ticket of the APC and we are strongly behind him and the PDP because we want development, so anywhere Obaseki goes, we will go with him,” Eshie said.
Meanwhile, convener of Esan Agenda, Mr. Akhere Obozele, welcomed the governor to Edo Central Senatorial District, as he kicked off his re-election campaign in the area.
Obozele said: “We welcome our governor and candidate of the PDP to Esan land, where he will receive massive votes in the September 19 election. All Esan leaders have since reached consensus that Obaseki is the right man for the job. He has great vision for the state and we have seen that in his policy choices, educational and empowerment programmes as well as the big ticket investments, such as the modular refinery, the CCETC-Ossiomo power project and the Benin River Port project in Gelegele, among others.
“Obaseki treats every Edo man and woman the same way, without discriminating on the basis of tribe, religion or any other retrogressive consideration. The governor believes in value addition and anybody that has value to bring to the table will be given the chance to express himself.”
The convener urged his kinsmen to give the PDP candidate a colourful reception as he tours Esan land.