…accuses APC national leader of wanting to extend empire to Edo
Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki says the likes of national leader of the All Progressives Congress Bola Tinubu have become fearful that Edo people will disregard the role of political godfathers on Election Day.
Obaseki stated this in a press release on Tuesday by his media aide Crusoe Osagie in reaction to a broadcast by Tinubu who called on Edo people to reject Obaseki.
The Edo governor assured Tinubu that his political empire would not extend to Edo.
“Our attention has been drawn to a television broadcast in which a former Lagos State Governor and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed 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,” Obaseki said in the statement.
“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 September 19, 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.”
Obaseki also denied preventing the inauguration of elected state lawmakers and causing lawlessness in the assembly.