Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has taken a swipe at his predecessor and estranged godfather, Adams Oshiomhole, noting that his re-election in the just concluded governorship election has finally caged the lions and tigers in Edo politics.
Equally important, Obaseki made this declaration on Monday in Benin, the Edo State capital.
Specifically, he was addressing a crowd of supporters from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the popular Kings square in Benin. The governor spoke shortly after rounding off a victory parade round the Benin metropolis.
Obaseki, who decamped from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP weeks to the election, attributed his victory to the doggedness of Edo people; noting that the results show that the people have spoken loud and clear.
He was accompanied by the Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu; Chairman, Edo PDP Campaign Council, Dan Orbih and House of Representatives member, Ogbeide Ihama, among others.
Obaseki said: “You have helped me caged the lions and tigers in the State. You will never see them again in Edo because they are all in the zoo now where they belong.
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“Today, I promise you that we will work for Edo people…No one will hinder us from delivering the dividend of democracy to Edo people. My Deputy, Philip Shaibu and I will go back to the office and work for Edo people. I want to thank everyone residing in the state. You spoke and we have heard you and ready to ever work for you.
“The next four years in the state will be the one that all citizens will live to remember…We will consolidate on our developmental achievements in the State. Thank you all,” he said.
Also speaking at the event, Orbih stated that Edo people had rejected godfatherism and money-bag politics.
“With your support and votes, you have started a new dawn in Edo Politics, Nigeria’s democracy and by extension; that the state will never remain the same again as Obaseki’s re-election has ended godfatherism.
“Obaseki’s re-election has shown that Edo people are wiser…The state is in the path of development as the people have spoken loudly and have finally silenced godfatherism in Edo politics,” he said.
Obaseki claimed victory in a hotly contested poll on Saturday, retaining his seat for another four years.