The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu has received the backing of the South-South United People’s Forum in Lagos State, over his statement to the people of Edo State, to vote out Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Tinubu on Tuesday had stated that he fought for democracy and that Obaseki should not be reelected.
The forum in a statement released throught its spokesman, Hon. Dr. Paul Fregene, under the leadership of Engr. Isaac Emiyede, noted that it has to support and follow the directive of Tinubu on the Edo gubernatorial election as the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki has defied the principle of democracy.
Emiyede said: “The National Leader of our great party, All Progressive Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (Jagaban Borgu) has made a clarion call on all progressives and indigenes of Edo state to reject the incumbent governor at this coming Saturday’s poll and we are heeding the directive.”
“Obaseki has reneged on the principles of democracy. As a result of this, he does not deserve a second term nor enjoy the dividends of democracy.”
“It is on record that the APC as a party marketed HE Godwin Obaseki in 2016 but his tenure has been marked and characterized by flaws of democratic anomalies and the State has passed through nothing but hampered development.”
He, however, pleaded with the people of Edo to shun violence and ensure a peaceful and fair election on Saturday.
Fregene traced the origin of Ancient Benin Empire to Oduduwa, saying the State therefore belongs to the progressives party.
He noted that the people of Edo must reject Obaseki in order to continue enjoying progressive and infrastructural development in the State.
Fregene claimed that during the tenure of the former governor, Adams Oshiomole, Edo State experienced exponential infrastructural and economic growth.
He enjoined the people of Edo State to vote wisely during the election on Saturday.