Obaseki holds victory rally, reassures on sustained development
‘Ruling end of godfather syndrome, freedom for Edo people’
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, yesterday, led citizens of the state, party faithful and supporters to a victory rally in Benin City, to celebrate his Supreme Court electoral victory.
The five-man panel of justices had on May 28, 2021 upheld the ruling of the Appeal Court, which dismissed the alleged certificate forgery suit filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) against Obaseki in the 2020 governorship poll.
Speaking in front of the Edo State House of Assembly (EDHA) complex, he reassured that his administration would continue to work for the development of the state and wellbeing of the people.
“The kind of attitude they started in Edo to cage the state is what is going on in Nigeria today. We don’t have much resources, but we have been able to use the little we have in developing the state.
“Until we change our mindset and mentality that taxpayers’ money is meant to work for the people, development will be out of our reach. Unless we change our mentality and mindset, Nigeria will not move forward. We have to pray to God so that what happened in Edo will also happen in the entire country,” he said
Restating that the Supreme Court victory had put an end to godfather syndrome in the state, Obaseki added that the fight all along was for us to cooperate with a few persons to share Edo commonwealth.
“They wanted us to continue to feed godfathers. If I had agreed with them, there would not have been any fight in the first place,” he said.
Continuing, Obaseki said: “The victory meant freedom. It means that we must rededicate ourselves to our people because democracy is all about the people. Democracy is not about an individual or godfather. We have defeated the godfather finally in our quest to take Edo to where it should be.”
Reacting to the congratulatory messages of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osagie Ize-Iyamu and the former National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, the governor said he was yet to receive original copies of the letters they signed.
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