The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on Tuesday, said his victory at the Supreme Court is a signal that godfatherism has ended in the state and that the people of the state are free at last.
The governor stated this at the Benin Airport while speaking with journalists upon his arrival in the state after the ruling of the Supreme that affirmed his victory in the September 19, 2020 governorship poll and dismissed the alleged certificate forgery suit against him.
Obaseki, who was received by a mammoth crowd of supporters at the Benin Airport, noted that “we cannot look back” after repositioning the state.
This is coming barely 24 hours after a former Governor of the State, Adams Oshiomhole, in a conciliatory letter, congratulated him, and asking him to put the past rancorous election behind him and be the Governor of all Edo people irrespective of party affiliations.
Not swayed by Oshiomhole’s olive branch, and another one from his opponent at the September 19 election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Obaseki said that the “fake” people fighting him are the same pulling the country down.
He said: “For us in Edo, this victory means freedom and emancipation; it means that we must rededicate ourselves to our people because democracy is all about the people.
“Democracy is not about an individual or godfather. We have defeated the godfather finally in Edo, in our quest to take Edo to where it should be.
“They threw all sorts of trash at us, but by the grace of God, the verdict of the Supreme Court is just the final straw. All the court cases that we have gone through, all the challenges we have faced in the last two years, we have won every one of them.
“We cannot look back. At this time of the life of this country, we are faced with major critical challenges and as if we knew, we had started repositioning our state. The people who are fighting us are the same fake people that are pulling this country down even at the national level.”