Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun says the power to choose the next Governor of Edo State rests with the people and not any individual, no matter how powerful.
Oyegun stated this in a Tuesday statement.
This is just as the former Edo governor denied authoring a post that went viral on social media about the chances of the APC in the September 19 guber poll.
“My views and statements on the Edo political situation has been consistent.
“I strongly advised against the mistreatment of Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki by the late unlamented National Working Committee, NWC, of the APC and his subsequent forced exit from the APC.
“Governor Obaseki stood bravely for the dignity and the pride of his people and in the process, suffered unacceptable indignities.
“In the matter of who governs Edo State, the people are sovereign and no individual or group, whatever their status, can decide on their behalf.
“I stand with the Edo people and urge them to come out massively to exercise their democratic rights.
“They should vote for good governance, common decency, principled leadership especially in the political arena and the protection of their vital democratic rights.
”They should by their votes, make clear that it is their rights to choose their governor and nobody else. There is no room for fence-sitters,” Oyegun said.