Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Tuesday advised the people of Edo to reject the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Godwin Obaseki.
Tinubu noted that Obaseki does not deserve the votes of the Edo people during a sponsored broadcast on TVC.
Tinubu, a one time governor of Lagos State, in his broadcast, said:
“Obaseki does not deserve any democratic ballot paper. Don’t vote for him, I appeal to all of you.”
Tinubu who noted that he suffered along with many others to gain democracy for Nigeria, added:
“I, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, want to appeal as a committed democrat, and the leader of all democrats regardless of our political parties, to our conscience and commitment to democracy today on the forthcoming election in Edo state.
“I want to appeal to you to reject Godwin Obaseki in this coming election. I have suffered with many others to bring about this democratic regime, that today, we are enjoying in the country.
“Then, Godwin Obaseki didn’t participate in any aspect of the struggle to enshrine democracy in the country.
“Therefore, he could not understand the value and the pains associated with this democratic struggle.”
Reacting to the comments, Nigeria’s former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, took to his Facebook handle, to caution Edo voters.
Atiku advised Edo voters to vote for Obaseki, who is contesting against the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
“The democracy that we enjoy today was bought at a great price. We can only deepen and sustain it by respecting the sanctity of the ballot and necessary review of our electoral processes.
“As the great people of Edo State go to the polls to elect their governor this weekend, they need to be provided with a secured environment to cast their votes and be assured that their votes will count.
“I urge all duly registered voters of conscience and who truly care about the wellbeing of Edo to turn out en masse to cast and defend their vote for Governor Obaseki.”