The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, has warned Edo people not to vote Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the forthcoming elections in the state.
Mr Tinubu, in a sponsored broadcast on TVC, said the governor, by his actions, does not deserve the votes of the people in the state.
He said: “Obaseki does not deserve any democratic ballot paper. Don’t vote for him, I appeal to all of you.
“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.”
Mr Tinubu recalled that Mr Obaseki had in July, prevented 14 of the 24 elected state lawmakers from being inaugurated.
He added that the governor refused to take the advice of the National Assembly and the Attorney-General of the Federation to let the 14 members of the House of Assembly be inaugurated.
Mr Tinubu said rather than let them be inaugurated, Mr Obaseki supervised the destruction of the House of Assembly complex all in a bid to prevent them from being sworn-in.
He, therefore, called on the people of Edo State to punish the governor.
The APC chieftain added, “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 back as a democrat wanting you to vote for him. Please, I appeal to you, reject him.
“Several institutions and leaders of our country appealed to him to respect constitutional democracy but he rejected all entreaties.
“He rejected the appeal of the National Assembly.
“When the Attorney-General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria enumerated the path of honour and the constitution of the country, rather than obey and respect the law, he vandalised the House of Assembly in Edo by removing the roofs, burning gravels and rocks at the entrance of the House of Assembly only to prevent these 14 members from being sworn-in.
“Now, he is asking for our votes, your votes, our dear people. Is he a democrat? No, he is not.”