By Benprince Ezeh
JOHN Odigie-Oyegun, former national chairman of the All Progressive Alliance, APC, has urged Edo State citizens to come out massively and vote in the upcoming gubernatorial election to be held on Saturday, September 19, in exercise of their democratic rights.
Odigie-Oyegun stated this in a letter dated September 14, 2020, in response to a statement purportedly issued by him on a so-called outcome of the gubernatorial election of Edo State.
“First, let me state emphatically that at no time did I issue any statement, verbal or written, on the fortunes of the APC, or any other Party, in the imminent elections. The said statement, which is making the rounds in social media, could only have originated from sick minds and desperate persons of criminal orientation.
“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 and his subsequent forced exit from the APC. Governor Obaseki stood bravely for the dignity and pride of his people and in the process suffered unacceptable indignities,” he said.
According to him, the masses would decide the outcome of the election. “In the matter of who governs Edo State, the people are sovereign and no individual or group, 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 vital 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,” he said.
The former chairman concluded by saying that there will be peace on Saturday, “so come out and vote your conscience”.
– Sept. 15, 2020 @ 19:49 GMT |