John Oyegun of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has refused to endorse Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu, his party’s candidate in the Edo governorship election.
The former national chairman condemned the enforced removal of Godwin Obaseki, serving governor of Edo, from the APC, stating that the governor “stood bravely for the dignity and pride of his people.”
The statement read, “My views and statements on the Edo state political situation have been consistent. I strongly advised against the mistreatment of Governor Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki by the late unlamented National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC. Governor Obaseki stood bravely for the dignity and pride of his people and in the process suffered unacceptable indignities.
“In the matter of who governs Edo State, the people are sovereign and no individual or group of people, whatever their status, can decide on their behalf.
“I stand with the people of Edo State and urge them to come out massively to exercise their democratic rights. They should vote for good governance, common decency, principled leadership, especially in the political arena and the protection of their democratic rights.
“They should by their votes make clear that it is their right to choose their governor and nobody else’s. There is no room for fence sitters. This is a special situation and primitive loyalties should and must be set aside. Remember Mr President’s admonition in an equally challenging pre-election situation in Imo State, vote your conscience.”
The Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State, Chris Nehikhare, stated that the refusal of the former National Chairman of the APC to endorse the party’s candidate is a plus for Governor Godwin Obaseki.
The PDP spokesman said, “The efforts so far put in place by the Buhari-led government to ensure the security and safety of Edo people, before, during and after the election, deserve commendation.
“With the massive deployment of men of the Nigeria Police Force, the Military, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps and other security agencies to Edo State to supervise Saturday’s election, we are confident that the election will be crisis-free.”