Be vigilant over Edo guber election, PDP Governors’ forum tasks CSO’s

• urges INEC, security agencies to ensure safe elections

Civil society organisations have been tasked to stay alert and vigilantly in other to ensure that votes in the Edo guber election slated for September 19 counts.

Sokoto state Governor and chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Aminu Tambuwal made the call and urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be neutral as it discharges its duties by ensuring a free and fair election in Edo state come September 19, 2020.

Tambuwal also extended the call to the security agencies and other stakeholders in the election, stressing that peaceful, free and fair elections remain critical to democratic integrity.

The call by the Forum is coming on the heels of Governor Obaseki’s emergence as the standard flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party.

This is contained in a statement signed by its Director-General, Hon CID Maduabum yesterday in Abuja, in which the Forum urged all stakeholders and interests group to be united ahead of Sept 19.

The Forum commended the leadership skills of the PDP for deploying a workable mechanism for a successful primary in Edo state.

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The statement by Maduabum reads, “The PDP Governors’ Forum under the leadership of His Excellency, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR, congratulates His Excellency, Governor Godwin Obaseki on his emergence as the flag bearer of the PDP in the Edo State governorship election, scheduled for September 2020.

“His victory in the primaries is an affirmation of the confidence the people of Edo State have in his ability to steer the ship of Edo State positively for another four years and on the record of his sterling performance in office in his current term.

“This victory should be a humbling one as it has been achieved on the backdrop of a grave injustice done to him by his former Political party, the APC and a demonstration of the role of God in the affairs of men. It is indeed a call to continue faithfully serving the good people of Edo State.

“This victory is even more remarkable as His Excellency joined the PDP just a few weeks ago, and it is a testament to his leadership skills that he successfully got all other aspirants who started the race before him in PDP to step down for him and join him in salvaging the state without rancour or bitterness.

“We hope that he will continue to deploy this management skill in uniting the PDP and Edo people in the great task of
enthroning good governance and accountability in Edo State.

“He should ensure that there are truly no victors or vanquished in this struggle for the soul of Edo State.

“We thank the leadership of the PDP, particularly the National Working Committee, under the National
Chairman, Chief Uche Secondus, the constructive and supportive role played by the Edo State chapter of
the PDP and the rank and file members of the party, for their exceptional conflict resolution mechanism and
cooperation employed to achieve the seamless rancour-free outcome of the primaries.

“This sets the stage for a resounding victory for PDP in September. Indeed, the PDP has demonstrated with this outing in Edo State, that it has learnt the lessons of the past and is poised to elevate the PDP platform as one that can offer stable and focused leadership for Nigeria.

“The huge task of winning the Edo State election has just begun, and we counsel
our flagbearer to run an issue-based campaign, anchored on his highly acclaimed record of superlative performance in office so far.

“Finally, we admonish all organs of state such as the security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission, to ensure a free and fair election in Edo state in September.

“We urge Nigerians and the Civil society to be vigilant to ensure that all votes are counted and that all votes count in Edo State in September.”, the statement concluded.



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