*congratulate Obaseki, his deputy, PDP
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde on Sunday said the result of last Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State is a triumph for the will of the people of the state.
Engineer Makinde in a congratulatory message on re-election of Gov of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, and his deputy, Phillip Shaibu described the outcome of the polls as a victory for the people of the state.
Also congratulating the National Campaign Council of the PDP led by the Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike for a job well done, the Oyo state governor said the election result was a well-deserved victory and that it was gratifying to see the will of the people triumph.
Gov Makinde while lauding the PDP National Campaign Council led Governor Nyesom Wike, for making the party proud emphasized that the PDP ran an issue-based campaign and proved its democratic tendencies all through the process, which started from the ward, local government and state congresses, (which were overseen by Makinde himself), to the party primaries and subsequently the campaign and election.
He pointed out that the PDP candidates victory in the Saturday’s election meant that the people, who have the absolute power in a democracy, are monitoring developments and would always support the party with the right democratic ideals.
“Congratulations HE, Governor Godwin Obaseki and the Deputy Governor, Phillip Shaibu on a well-deserved victory. Well-done to the PDP National Campaign Council for Edo State, led by HE, Governor Wike. This victory is for the people of Edo State.The victory is sweet in a lot of ways”, he said
Gov Makinde added, “it has sent signals to those who want to perpetuate godfatherism in our politics. It is also the beginning of the great reclamation by our Party, the PDP. I have always known that given a free and fair atmosphere, the people of Edo State will show their preference for the candidate of the PDP.”.
“We did our homework and presented the candidate to beat.With the usual shenanigans that have been unduly related with such elections in recent times including ballot snatching, violence, ballot stuffing, and daylight rigging, relegated to the background, the conclusion can only point to one direction-victory for the PDP.
“It is my expectation that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will stand firm and take the Edo State template as standard practice that will only be improved upon in subsequent elections in Ondo and other locations.“INEC and our election managers must always strive to return power to the people by creating a level-playing field in all elections.”ENDS.