The gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the forthcoming Edo election, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has fired back at Tinubu, over the remarks made by the latter in a sponsored broadcast on TVC on Tuesday.
The Edo Governor disclosed this through a statement which was released by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie.
The statement which was titled ‘You can’t extend your political empire to our state – Edo govt tells Tinubu.
The People’s Democratic Party candidate insisted that the political empire of the former Lagos governor cannot be extended to Edo State, noting that Edo people were determined to end godfatherism in the state.
Newsportal247 had earlier reported that, Asiwaju Tinubu in a broadcast, had said Obaseki does not deserve any vote in the Edo guber polls on Saturday, and also asked voters to reject him, click below to read https://newsportal247.com/2020/09/15/tinubu-attacks-obaseki-asks-edo-voters-to-reject-him/
Governor Obaseki however released a statement to fault Asiwaju’s broadcast, telling the former Governor of the most developed state in Nigeria, that he can not influence the decisions of the Edo voters.
Obaseki’s statement reads: “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.
“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.”
Governor Obaseki also denied the allegation that he prevented the inauguration of lawmakers in the state and described it as “false”.
“We call on all Edo people, friends of Nigeria and all lovers of democracy to disregard all the comments by Tinubu, as the allegations about the Edo State House of Assembly and other claims in the broadcast are completely false,” Governor Obaseki concluded.