recent address to the leaders of Edo South Senatorial District at the Government House, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State made it clear that the ‘Emilokan’ slogan will not determine the outcome of the upcoming elections in the state. With his statement, Obaseki emphasized that the people of Edo State hold the power to decide their government’s future, and they are not known for embracing such political strategies.
The ‘Emilokan’ slogan gained prominence during President Bola Tinubu’s presidential campaign. However, Obaseki firmly stated, “Edo people will not accept ‘Emilokan’ as a strategy in government as they are not known for that. For us, it is the people that will decide.”
The governor further expressed his concerns about recent events, stating that the current situation is peculiar. He emphasized that this is not the time for individuals to express their political ambitions, especially if they are part of the government. Obaseki firmly believed in the principle of unity, stating, “You can’t be part of a government and also be the one to destabilize the same government.”
Obaseki’s remarks seemed to be directed towards his deputy, Philip Shaibu, who recently took legal action against the governor to prevent his removal from office. The governor accused Shaibu of manipulating the youth council elections to benefit his personal ambition of succeeding him.
Addressing the issue, Obaseki stated, “I thought we came together and will leave together and let the people say you have done a great job, and they will now make the decision themselves. They are the ones to say that come rain or sunshine, we must continue.”
The governor expressed his disappointment in the contradictory actions of individuals who claim loyalty to their principals but engage in legal battles against them. While acknowledging the right to have political ambitions, Obaseki emphasized the importance of pursuing them in the right way.
As the Edo State elections draw nearer, Governor Obaseki’s firm stance against the ‘Emilokan’ strategy and his call for unity within the government have sparked significant interest among the people. The governor’s emphasis on the power of the people to decide their government’s fate resonates strongly, highlighting the importance of a democratic process.
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Obaseki’s remarks also shed light on the complexities of political ambitions within the government. It is clear that he believes in a united front, where individuals work towards a common goal rather than engaging in actions that could destabilize the administration.
The ongoing legal battle between Governor Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, has undoubtedly caused a stir within the political landscape of Edo State. The allegations of manipulation in the youth council elections have further fueled the tensions between the two leaders. The outcome of this legal dispute will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the upcoming elections and the political landscape of Edo State.
As the elections approach, it is crucial for all stakeholders to prioritize the interests of the people and work towards a peaceful and fair process. Governor Obaseki’s call for unity and adherence to democratic principles serves as a reminder that the people’s voice should always be the determining factor in any election.
Governor Godwin Obaseki’s strong stance against the ‘Emilokan’ strategy and his call for unity within the government have set the stage for a captivating political landscape in Edo State. The ongoing legal dispute between the governor and his deputy adds further intrigue to the upcoming elections. As the people of Edo State prepare to exercise their democratic rights, it is essential for all stakeholders to prioritize their interests and ensure a fair and peaceful process.