Obaseki sues for peace among contestants, supporters
• Wife canvasses Ijaw communities’ votes
The All Progressives Congress (APC)’s candidate, Godwin Obaseki, has charged his fellow contestants in other political parties to maintain peace before, during and after the election.
In a statement issued in Benin City, he said peace was crucial to the conduct of a free and fair election in any society.
He enjoined his fellow contestants to maintain the peace in the interest of all stakeholders.
Obaseki also reminded his rivals that Edo State is bigger than all of them, urging them not to do anything that could jeopardise the peace and progress of the state.
He noted that no election is worth dying for and therefore admonished his fellow contestants not to make the governorship election a “do-or-die” affair.
The candidate further counseled his rivals to instruct their followers and supporters not to engage in acts capable of disrupting the peace of Edo, which, he noted, is widely regarded as the most peaceful state in the volatile south-south geo-political zone.
“Election will come and go, but Edo State would remain forever,” he said.
He hinted that he was hopeful of victory, judging by the immense goodwill that he and his party, the APC have continued to enjoy from the people.
Meanwhile, Obaseki’s wife, Betty, has urged the Ijaw communities in Edo to vote for her husband.
Mrs. Obaseki, who is of the Ijaw lineage, pleaded with them to vote for her husband so that issues affecting the Ijaws would be given priority in the state.
She added that any Ijaw son or daughter who votes against the APC, would be seen as working against Ijaw progress, noting that winning the election would mean that one of them would represent their interests as the First Lady of the state.
The zonal National Chairman of the Ijaw National Congress, Robinson Ogunkoru and the state chairman of the congress, Dr. Bibobra Braye, assured her that the Ijaw communities all over the nation would look inward and mobilise support for the APC candidate to win the election.