The Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the Edo State Election, Godwin Obaseki, has faulted claims made by the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, in a televised broadcast on Tuesday.
Godwin said this in a press statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie.
The statement was titled ‘You can’t extend your political empire to our state – Edo government tells Tinubu’.
Godwin boasted that Tinubu cannot extend his political empire to Edo State, noting that the Edo people were determined to end godfatherism in the state.
In the broadcast, Tinubu had said Godwin does not deserve a single vote in Saturday’s election, asking voters to reject the PDP candidate.
Reacting, the statement read, “Our attention has been drawn to a television broadcast in which a former Lagos State Governor and chieftain of the APC, Bola Tinubu, in his quest to extend his political dominance and empire to Edo State, decided to take over the role of Edo people to choose through the ballot who to govern them for the next four years.
“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.
“Tinubu knows clearly that come 19 September, when godfatherism would have been dismantled in Edo State, the people of Lagos may just have found the recipe and formula for removing the chokehold placed on their collective destinies for decades by Tinubu, hence the inciting television broadcast.”
Godwin described the allegation that he prevented the inauguration of lawmakers in the state as “false”.
“We call on all Edo people, friends of Nigeria and all lovers of democracy to disregard all the comments by Tinubu, as the allegations about the Edo State House of Assembly and other claims in the broadcast are completely false,” he added.
An attempt by the aggrieved lawmakers to be inaugurated was, however, scuttled by men claiming to be renovating the Assembly complex.
However, the APC claimed the men were thugs hired by the governor who was afraid of being impeached.