BY GRACE ANYANWU, ABUJA – The Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has described the election victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State as triumph of democracy and rejection of imposition.
This is as he said that it now behoves on the governor – elect, Mr Obaseki, to reciprocate the support of the people by doubling his effort to sustain good governance and accountability to the people of Edo State who have invested their trust and confidence in him.
He advised Obaseki saying that even as a PDP governor-elect, he should govern with fairness to all Edolites irrespective of party affiliation or support for him, adding that the Edo people have spoken and democracy has triumphed.
According to Tambuwal, who is also the governor of Sokoto State; “It is indeed the will of God. Its morning again in Edo”.
Tambuwal, who the Governor of Sokoto State, also said that Obaseki’s victory in the just concluded governorship election is a testament to the triumph of justice, hard work, resilience, grit, forward planning, clinical execution and reward for improving the lot of the people of Edo State.
While congratulating the Edo State governor, Tambuwal said that as the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election, Obaseki validated the well known fact that Edo State is truly a PDP dominated State, adding that it is a resounding endorsement by Edo people of his performance in the last four years.
Tambuwal further said; “It is an absolute rejection by Edolites of godfatherism and imposition of their leaders by forces from outside the State. Your election has rekindled the hope of Nigerians, that a free and fair election is still possible in Nigeria.
“We single out INEC, the electoral umpire for special commendation as it didn’t allow itself as an institution to be manipulated into subverting the clearly expressed will and wishes of the people of Edo State. We applaud the security agencies for their fairness and relative neutrality in the conduct of the elections.
“In all these, special thanks must go to the President, Commander in Chief, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for keeping his word not to unduly interfere in the elections by using state machinery.
“We in the PDP Governors’ Forum wishes to place on record our appreciation of the hard work, dedication and commitment exhibited by the National Chairman of the PDP, the PDP National Working Committee, the leadership and members of the Edo State Chapter of the party and in particular the Edo PDP Campaign Council led by His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Wike and other Governors of the PDP.
“We also thank our party stalwarts in Edo State and other PDP leaders and stakeholders for working together to deliver Edo State to PDP”.