The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said he would not govern on the blood of his people.
Speaking to a cross section of journalists in Lagos yesterday, the APC governorship hopeful reiterated that he would rather not contest for governorship than to have many people killed in Edo State because of the election.
Against the backdrop of the Edo State governorship election which was postponed from September 10 to 28, by the Independent National Election Commission (INEC), Obaseki said: “We were ready for the elections, but when the police belatedly raised the issue of security, there is nothing we could do. I will rather not be a governor than to have the blood of many people shed by miscreants that were imported into Edo State to cause havoc,” he said.
Citing the violence in Rivers State, Obaseki queried: “How many people have been tried or charged to court for the wanton killings and violence in Rivers State, let alone being convicted? How many people have been arrested for the blatant murder of the Port Harcourt lawyer?” “These imported hoodlums have nothing to lose, they are not from Edo and would not think twice before killing our people the way they killed people in Rivers State,” he added.
Obaseki maintained that though it was disappointing for the election to have been postponed as the APC was coasting home to victory, however, the APC will win the election convincingly any day or time. The postponement was just a mere shift of the doomsday for the Peoples Democratic Party and others. “The people of Edo State have made up their mind never to go back to the dark era. They know me, they know the lineage of my family, they can trace me from four five generations back, they know I don’t have a violent past, I have never been charged or tried for violent behavior. Let me assure you that we will win the election and win hands-down,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Obaseki Campaign outfit has appealed to all APC members and supporters alike to remain steadfast and keep the peace, while also urging them to be vigilant and to await further directives.