OrderPaperToday – Following the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki in Saturday’s Edo gubernatorial election, the Senate Minority Caucus described it as an end to godfatherism.
Obaseki who defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to run for the seat, defeated the APC’s candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu to clinch the seat for his second term.
In a statement on Sunday after the declaration of the winner, the Senate Minority Caucus congratulated Obaseki over “his resounding victory”.
The Statement signed by the Senate’s Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and released by Uchenna Awom, his Media Adviser reads: “The Caucus says as sweet as the victory, it also signals a new dawn and the ultimate end of godfatherism in Nigeria politics”.
The Senator who also hailed the PDP for it’s “tenacity and resilience in the face of manifest intimidations, said the victory further confirmed that power ultimately belongs to the people and not to some phantom individuals who think they can play God and toy with the will and wishes of the people”.
He continued: “Going forward, I believe that the Edo people through their overwhelming endorsement of Governor Obaseki and PDP sent the right signal across, affirming that never again should any political party succumb to the undemocratic machination of some few, who like to play tin-god because of their supposedly rich pocket.
“This victory is a soothing balm not only for Edo people, but also for the entire country especially against the backdrop of the excruciating sufferings and hardship foisted on the people by the All Progressive Congress (APC) led federal government’, said Abaribe.
He also urged the people of Ondo State to be ready “to replicate what has happened in Edo State so that Nigeria will be returned to genuine and people oriented democracy.”