…As Abubakar says ‘If there is no peace, there won’t be elections’***
Sen. Daisy Danjuma on Monday called on Edo women to rally round the re-election of Gov. Godwin Obaseki for a second term in the Sept. 19, governorship election in the state.
Daisy Danjuma, who is the wife of retired Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, made the call at a reception organised in her honour by Edo women in Benin.
Danjuma said there was no need to change a performing team adding that Obaseki deserved a second term to continue with his sterling governance.
She said, the governor’s sterling performance in all sectors of the state’s economy compelled me to endorse his candidacy for a second term at a function in Lagos even before the governor’s defection to PDP.
“Obaseki was in APC and I saw all what he was doing in Benin. I then said to myself this is not about party but about the individual.
“In my opinion he has done well but as a member of board of trustee of PDP I supported Obaseki for continuity even before his defection to the party.
“Since, the nation’s return to democracy in 1999, former governor Lucky Igbinedion ruled for eight years, Adams Oshiomhole also ruled for eight years why is it that a performing governor will not do eight years.
“There is no reason a performing governor will not have a second term.
“I saw it that Obaseki will do something great, that is why I said in spite of my party I must support him for a second term so that he can finish all the good job that he started,” she said.
She, however, called on parents to sensitise their children to the need to shun violence adding that they should not allow themselves to be used as agents of electoral fraud.
“It is your duty to encourage everybody around you, convince your husband, children, friends and associates to come out on Saturday to vote for Obaseki and PDP.
“Sept. 19, is a very important day and nobody should encourage violence,” he added.
According to her, nobody has governed for four years in the state. Please, let’s vote right. No man is God. Vote right. Use your PVCs right and vote for Obaseki’s re-election,” she added.
Earlier, Betsy Obaseki, the wife of the state governor, said that Gov. Obaseki was fighting a political battle to liberate not only Edo but the nation from the shackles of godfathers.
Obaseki urged women in the state to come out en masse on the election day to vote for the governor for a second term.
In another development, the Chairman of the National Peace Committee, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, on Monday in Benin said that members of his committee were in the state to assist in ensuring that the Sept. 19 gubernatorial election was conducted peacefully.
Abubakar stated this while addressing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), governorship candidate, Gov. Godwin Obaseki, ahead of the peace pact by all parties involved in the elections.
According to him, the political temperature in the state has been high in some areas for sometime, and the peace committee decided to assist in calming tensions because if there is no peace, there can’t be any elections.
“So, your excellency, this is why we are here in Benin together with members of the peace committee and Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah is here.
“Like I wrote you in my letter from the peace committee, tomorrow the signing of the peace pact will take place at 2pm between you, other candidates and their chairmen.
“As you know the purpose of this committee is to ensure that all those involved in this election get hold of their supporters and party people to ensure that there is peace in the state,” Abubakar said.
In his remarks, Gov. Obaseki welcomed the former head of state saying that his good work across the globe, where he had been seeking peace across trouble zones, spoke for him.
“We just finished the stakeholders meeting with the Independent National Electoral Commission Chairman, Prof. Mahmod Yakubu, and the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, where they informed us about the significance of signing this peace pact.
“I just want to assure you that as a government and as an individual we totally align with your cause. It’s in our best interest as government to promote peace in our land.
“We are committed to ourselves, our monarch, Oba Ewuare II, and our people to do all within our powers to maintain peace.
“We are also going to applaud and support you to ensure that we take responsibility to ensure there is peace in this election,” Obaseki said.