Former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu, has sent out a personal appeal to the people of Edo State to vote Governor Godwin Obaseki out of office in the election coming up on Saturday, September 19, 2020 because the governor has no respect for the wishes of voters or the rule of law.
Speaking in a video posted on social media, Tinubu described Obaseki as a dictator and lacking appreciation for the struggle that brought about the present democratic dispensation.
He said in the video, “I Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu want to appeal, as a committed democrat and a leader of all democrats regardless of political party, to our conscience and our commitment to democracy today on the forth coming elections 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.”
Tinubu noted that Godwin Obaseki then didn’t participate in any aspect of the struggle to enshrine democracy in the country.
“Therefore, he could not understand the value and the pain, that was associated with this democratic struggle.”
The former governor of Lagos said Obaseki was elected a governor by the people of Edo State because he presented himself to them then as a democrat and he was sworn in after winning the election.
He said, “No one prevented him from being sworn-in. Thereafter, members of state assembly who got elected along with him, specifically 24 of them. Out of this 24, he prevented 14 of them from being sworn-in.
“He demonstrated the act of dictatorship, lack of respect for rule of law, lack of respect for you the people who voted for those legislators prevented from being sworn-in. Today, he now comes around as a democrat wanting you to vote for him.”
Tinubu said, “Please, I appeal to you, reject him. Several institutions and leaders in our country appealed to him to respect constitutional democracy. But he rejected all entreats. He rejected appeals from the National Assembly.”