Governor Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the September 19 governorship election on Sunday said his major opponent is Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the former National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and not Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the party’s governorship candidate.
Addressing a media parley in Lagos, the governor said Ize-Iyamu is not a factor in the election as the people of the state are determined not to give him their mandate based on his antecedents and what Oshiomhole has revealed about him.
While reiterating that the governorship election will put a final nail to the coffin of godfatherism in the state, Obaseki who said godfatherism threatens the democratic rights of the people, added that he has a mission to end the practice in Edo state.
On the issue of violence, Obaseki says he’s concerned about protecting the people of Edo State from an election rigged with violence and bloodshed.
He said the APC orchestrated Saturday’s violence at the Oba of Benin’s palace so as to create fear in the minds of Edo people on election day.
” My reelection is not worth the lives of any individual and so I will do everything within my power to ensure the election is peaceful.
On the claim by the opposition that he has done nothing in the last four years, the governor said he has done a lot and has received commendations from within and outside Nigeria including the World Bank.
“I have over 2,000 projects but I have not commissioned one. My goal is to build but allow the people to use it commission it” he said.