By Emmanuel Adigwe
The National leader of the All Progressive Congress, APC Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has come out strongly against Governor Godwin Obaseki’s second term bid urging voters in Edo State to reject him on Saturday.
The former governor of Lagos State in a political broadcast on Tuesday said that identified himself as one of the major fighters for the democracy the country is now enjoying affirming that Obaseki was not near the struggle.
He said that the governor despite being a major beneficiary of the 20 year democracy is ironically working to destroy the democracy through his actions in the Edo State House of Assembly.
“He won an election, no one prevented him from being sworn in; thereafter, members of the state assembly who got elected along with him specifically 24 of them.
“Out of this 24, he prevented 14 of them from being sworn in. He demonstrated the act of dictatorship, lack of respect of the rule of law, lack of respect for the people who voted for those legislators he prevented them from being sworn in. “Today he now comes to you 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 from the National Assembly.”
He further stated that Governor Obaseki did not deserve any democratic process as he has violated democratic institutions through some of his actions like removing the roof of the Edo State House of Assembly.
Tinubu continued: “When 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 vandalized the state house of assembly in Edo by removing the roofs pouring gravel and rocks on the entrance of the house of assembly all to prevent these 14 members from being sworn in.
“Now he is asking for your votes. He is asking for our votes, our dear people. Is this a democrat? No. He is not. He does not deserve any democratic ballot paper. Don’t vote for him. I appeal to all of you. Like he rejected the 14 members, you should reject him.”
Tinubu’s strong denunciation of Obaseki is not surprising. He had dismissed entreaties from APC governors ahead of the Edo State governorship primaries for a soft landing for the governor.