Governor Godwin Obaseki declares readiness for a free and fair election.
The Governor of Edo State and Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the September 19, election, Godwin Obaseki, has said that his second term ambition is not worth spilling the blood of any resident of the State,
He specifically asked God to let him lose his re-election bid, if it will cost the blood of anybody.
The Governor reassured that the Governorship election in the State would be peaceful and violence free.
Governor Obaseki spoke after a 1-day prayer and fasting session for a peaceful election, organised by the Edo Christian Community, for all the Governorship Candidates, ahead of the election.
The statement titled: ‘My re-election not worth spilling of blood – Obaseki’, was sent by Governor Obaseki’s Special Assistant on Media, Crusoe Osagie.
Governor Obaseki urged eligible voters to come out en masse, without fear of intimidation or harassment.
The Governor noted that there is no need for any form of violence during the electioneering process.
His words: “Ordinarily, an election is supposed to be a contest where people go to sell their ideal, and citizens in their own free will go and vote for those ideals they believe in; it should not be one where people will do anything to get power.
“Election should not be one in which we shed blood, because the election will always come. If you die in an election, you will not be there in the next one to vote. So, there is no need for violence.
“It is unfortunate that where we are today, we are all afraid that there will be trouble, that there will be crisis and violence, but by the grace of God, we will all come out and vote and there will not be any bloodshed.
“There is no need for any violence, and if anybody decides to act in a violent manner, just walk away, because our lives are very precious. I have a covenant with God; if it will cost the blood of anybody for me to get into power, he should not let me have power.”
On his part, the National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Reverend Felix Omobude, prayed that God would make peace reign, before, during, and after the election.
“God! commit Edo into your hands, and by this covenant, we proclaim peace over Edo; peace before, during, and after the election. The Church speaks with one voice, that those that have sold themselves to work against the destiny of Edo, shall be overwhelmed by their own problems.
“In this election, rigging and evil will not have their way. We knock the engine of their operation; Edo people shall go out and vote their consciences, and the will of God will be done”, the Clergy prayed.
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