BENIN—An All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship aspirant in Edo State and chairman of the state Economic Team, Mr Godwin Obaseki, yesterday, said that the alleged gang-up against him by his opponents ahead of the party’s primaries will fail.
Describing as sad and unfair, alleged attempts to malign him, he urged other aspirants to work harder in the field, saying, “I have been campaigning hard round the three senatorial districts of the state to appeal for the votes of delegates but others are busy maligning me. What I have done to them, I don’t know. But God will see me through.”
Obaseki spoke when a group under the aegis of Organisation of Greater Edo Projects, led by Mr Godwin Osakwe, paid him a visit to express their support for his aspiration. They described him as very qualified to succeed Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
In his response, Obaseki who expressed joy for their support, urged the people of the state to be focused and ensure that Governor Oshiomhole’s legacy was kept alive after November 12, 2016.
He said: “There have been grumblings, insinuations and gang-ups against me, but they will fail. Because some of my opponents are not being rigorous, we are currently campaigning and meeting delegates on the need to support us, that is what we are spending our time doing. We are not spending our time spreading falsehood, saying things that are not true. We are not raising alarm or trying to incite people because we are afraid.
“By the grace of God, from the work we have done so far, I am ready to meet anybody in the field. And I encourage other aspirants that we should go out there and work hard and believe that there is a level playing field for us to contest.”
In the clamour for the office of governor of Edo State, it is only few organisations which have come out to ask the question what does Edo want after Oshiomhole.
“When you have a leader who is not self seeking, who is concerned about the plight of the people, a leader who is not selfish, who is self made, when you have people like that assume leadership, then we have hope. That is what we have started in Edo and Edo people have seen that it is possible. So the choice we have to make this year, September 10 is whether we want to continue to move forward and build on what Oshiomhole has done in the last seven and half years?”