Edo 2020: Godfatherism has come to an end – Atiku

…Obi, Okowa, Ekweremadu congratulate Obaseki

By Myke Uzendu

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday described the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peo[ples Democratic Party (PDP) at Saturday’s governorship election in Edo state as strong message that has ended godfatherism in the nation’s politics

Atiku, who was the PDP 2019 Presidential candidate in a statement he issued Sunday in Abuja, congratulated the good people of Edo state for their resilience before and during the exercise which held across the 18 local government areas of the state.

The statement read: “There is a new dawn in Edo state, and the hard won victory of Governor Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki is not just a victory, but a declaration of independence from the anti-democratic forces of godfatherism and militarism.

“No victory could be sweeter than this, and I heartily congratulate the governor, and the good people of Edo state for their resilience in the face of the forces arrayed against them. “Edo has a rich history as the centre of Black civilisation, and to this, she is adding a new history as the bastion of Nigerian democracy.

“I most heartily congratulate the Peoples Democratic Party, who stood shoulder to shoulder, with the people of Edo and their government, in good times and bad. We, in the PDP, have shown that we are not fair-weather friends to the good people of Edo.

“In good times, we will walk beside you. In bad times, we will be your true ‘comrade’. We will never be a turncoat. We will never abandon the principles we once espoused, so we can dine with our nemesis. Democracy has no nemesis. And this, the PDP has again proved.”

Atiku also thanked His Royal Highness, the Oba of Benin, Omo N’oba N’Edo Uku Akpolopkolo, Ewuare II, for the fatherly role he played as a neutral catalyst for peace.

“That this election was, by and large, free from violence, is a testament of the long and effective shadow he casts over his domain.”

He equally called on the people of Ondo state to resist any attempt by a godfather to impose his will on them as the countdown to the governorship election in the South-West state begin.

“To the good people of Ondo state, my message to you is that freedom from the oppressive grasp of godfathers and external forces that seek to dominate your will and eviscerate your treasury is possible. Edo has done it. You can do it too!

“There is a new wind of democratic change now blowing all over Nigeria. The forces of despotism, nepotism, and interlopers cannot successfully withstand this force. Nigeria shall soon be totally free from these forces, from Kaura Namoda, to Lagos. The only power that will stand in Nigeria is people’s power, not the power of godfathers, or despots,” he added.

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