The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Congress, Atiku Abubakar, has called on the people of Edo State to cast their votes for the party’s candidate, Godwin Obaseki, on Saturday.
The former Vice President posted this on his Twitter account, few hours after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, noted that the Edo State Governor does not deserve a vote in the Saturday governorship election.
The former governor of Lagos State had in a televised broadcast said, “He (Obaseki) does not deserve any democratic ballot paper. Don’t vote for him, I appeal to all of you.”
Obaseki while reacting to Tinubu’s claim, noted that Tinubu would fail in his attempt “to extend his political dominance and empire to Edo State”.
Atiku in his tweet warned against violence during the election.
He said, “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 @GovernorObaseki.”
One of the allegations raised by Tinubu against Obaseki was preventing the inauguration of lawmakers.
But Obaseki in a press statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, replied, “We call on all Edo people, friends of Nigeria and all lovers of democracy to disregard all the comments by Tinubu, as the allegations about the Edo State House of Assembly and other claims in the broadcast are completely false.”