Edo 2020: Tinubu begs voters over Obaseki
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has advised the electorate in Edo State to shun Godwin Obaseki in the September 19 gubernatorial election.
He said that Obaseki, who is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, does not deserve a second term.
Tinubu spoke in a sponsored post on TVC ahead of the polls on Tuesday.
“He (Obaseki) does not deserve any democratic ballot paper. Don’t vote for him, I appeal to all of you,” the former Lagos State Governor stated.
Tinubu explained that Obaseki was nowhere to be found in the 1990s when the struggle for return to democracy was being fought.
“I want to appeal to you to reject Godwin Obaseki in this coming election. I have suffered with many others to bring about this democratic regime, that today, we are enjoying in the country. Then, Godwin Obaseki didn’t participate in any aspect of the struggle to enshrine democracy in the country.
“Therefore, he could not understand the value and the pains associated with this democratic struggle,” he said.
Explaining his grievances against the Edo governor, Tinubu said Obaseki prevented 14 of the 24 elected state lawmakers from being inaugurated.
He added that the governor shunned advice from the National Assembly and the Attorney-General of the Federation to have the lawmakers inaugurated.
“He demonstrated the act of dictatorship, lack of respect for rule of law, lack of respect for you the people who voted for those legislators prevented from being sworn-in. Today, he now comes back as a democrat wanting you to vote for him. Please, I appeal to you, reject him.
“Several institutions and leaders of our country appealed to him to respect constitutional democracy but he rejected all entreaties. He rejected the appeal of the National Assembly.
“When the Attorney-General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria enumerated the path of honour and the constitution of the country, rather than obey and respect the law, he vandalised the House of Assembly in Edo by removing the roofs, burning gravels and rocks at the entrance of the House of Assembly only to prevent these 14 members from being sworn-in. Now, he is asking for our votes, your votes, our dear people. Is he a democrat? No, he is not,” Obaseki.