Edo 2020:APC planning to intimidate,arrest our supporters- Obaseki

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*R-L: Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki; Chief Imam of Benin Central Mosque, Alhaji Fatai Enabulele and the Chairman, Edo State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alh. Ibrahim Oyarekhue, during a courtesy visit by Edo Muslim leaders to the governor at the Government House, Benin City, on Friday.
*R-L: Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki; Chief Imam of Benin Central Mosque, Alhaji Fatai Enabulele and the Chairman, Edo State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alh. Ibrahim Oyarekhue, during a courtesy visit by Edo Muslim leaders to the governor at the Government House, Benin City, on Friday.
The Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, has accused the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state of planning to cause mayhem and import arms to intimidate and harass supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the September 19, 2020 gubernatorial election nears.
Obaseki, who raised the alarm while receiving Muslim leaders who paid him q courtesy visit at Government House, Benin City, on Frifay, expressed his readiness to stand with the people, defend their interests and develop the state.
“I am not afraid of any man but God. I know the gang up is to provoke me and my supporters but we will not fall for their tricks. God will help us.
“As I speak to you now, you can’t imagine that Police from Abuja are already in the state and have been paid to arrest our supporters. They have been paid by a billionaire to arrest Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supporters in the state. This billionaire sponsored the attacks on me and other PDP governors at the Palace. This is to tell you the level of corruption and impunity we face.
“They are planning violence, bringing arms, intimidating our supporters as part of their strategy. They know that if we have a free and fair election, they stand no chance. Their strategy is to continue with their propaganda and lies. They know they don’t have a record of performance; their plan is just to intimidate our supporters and ensure they stay off the polling booth.
“They attacked my supporters and wanted me to react to the attacks. I will not attack them back, because as the Chief Security Officer of the state, my responsibility is to maintain peace. We would continue to do that at all costs.”
Obaseki assured Edo people that the developmental strides in the state had just begun as the first four years of his administration were used in laying the foundation for the next four years.
“What Edo people have witnessed in the first four years is only the beginning of greater things. The first term is for laying the foundation for greatness. The foundation has been laid; we will build on it to make life better for Edo people.
“We have improved education, healthcare, agriculture, roads, infrastructure, environment, civil service and the economy of Edo State, ensuring that the life of every Edo man is improved for the better,” he added.
The Chief Imam of Benin Central Mosque, Alhaji Fatai Enabulele, who led leaders of the Islamic community drawn from different parts of the state to pay the Eid-el-Kabir homage to the governor, said Muslims in the state are proud of Governor Obaseki for the developmental strides recorded in the state and reassured him that they will reward him with their votes come September 19, 2020.
“You have scored distinction in your first term and we will overwhelmingly reward you with another four years in office by casting our vote for you in the forthcoming governorship election.
“The election is not about religion or tribal sentiments but about understanding the vision and mission of Edo people and Obaseki understand this.
“Your administration has provided progressive, pragmatic, dynamic policies and programmes to touch the lives of millions of Edo people across the state and beyond,” the cleric added.

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