A socio-political group in Edo state, Safe Edo Movement, has offered scathing criticism of the administration of Governor Godwin Obaseki and dismissed his chances of winning re-election over allegations of promoting violence and intimidation, incompetence and lack of transparency.
In a lengthy statement published by the group detailing the allegations against the governor, it accused Godwin Obaseki of ‘failing to meet the standard of governance delivery expected by the people of Edo state’, but has instead instituted an atmosphere of fear, violence, intolerance, and unaccountability.
The statement signed by the group’s President, Mr. Chris Oshokha Ethuakhor said, “That the governor has taken the path of intimidation of the citizenry through undemocratic indulgences. Crude brutality etched in unbridled violence has been the cornerstone of his government; That several Edo sons and daughters have either been attacked with machetes, guns, axes, and other weapons in this era of the government run by His Excellency, Godwin Obaseki.”
“Those party leaders who align with the governor in his diabolical indulgences in Edo State are either victims of the governor’s game of deception or outright enemies of the APC; Given the number of state leaders and party members who were alienated and have been threatened with violence by Governor Godwin Obaseki, it is apparent that he will never win re-election as governor of Edo State.”
The group claimed that the Obaseki-administration has failed to match the developmental strides of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole who left office in 2016 after an eight-year term widely considered as successful.
“The elevation of Edo State by Adams Oshiomhole as well as Dr. Osaigbevho Ogbemudia are glaring legacies of governance delivery. This includes broadened electricity access to nearly all communities, industrialisation as well as road infrastructures. The Red Roof Revolution of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole remains legendary. The elevation of the health infrastructure of Edo State by the regime of Adams Oshiomhole is expressive in the Specialist Hospital which is physically perceptible.”
“Having experienced the above level of governance delivery, Obaseki’s performance record makes no sense in the assessment index of the people of Edo State.”
Citing multiple instances of attacks on persons in the state shortly after they express criticism of the governor or declare their disavowal of his second term ambition, the group demanded an explanation from the Edo state government on why none of the targeted attacks has been investigated, even in cases where high-grade weapons such as bombs were used.
It also queried the governor’s appointment of nearly 200 non-essential aides at the time schools in the state lacked teaching staff and suffers inadequate funding.
“The people of Edo State will not continue with a governor who boasts that violent indulgence is what he knows how to do best,” it says conclusively, advising the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, not to cave in to pressure from certain persons attempting to blackmail him into offering support to Godwin Obaseki in his quest for another term.