…Tinubu hails wife at 60***
…As Obaseki says ‘We have finally caged the lions from Edo politics’***
Mai Mala Buni, Chairman All Progressives Congress (APC) National Caretaker Committee, has said that the peaceful conduct of the just concluded Edo governorship election and its outcome represents a victory for Nigeria’s democracy.
He said this in a statement issued in Damaturu, Yobe, on Monday, adding that the APC and President Muhammadu Buhari remained committed to free and fair elections.
This, he said, was critical to strengthening the foundation of the country’s political and moral authority.
Buni, who is also the governor of Yobe, commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies, and all political parties that contested the election for the successful conduct of the exercise.
He also commended the APC candidate at the election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu for his tenacity and leadership qualities.
Buni also appreciated the efforts of the immediate past national chairman of the APC, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, and other members for demonstrating unwavering support for the party and its candidate in the election.
Gov. Buni added that with the election over, it was time to unite to move the country’s democracy forward and put an end to the era when the electoral contest became warfare.
“We appeal to our members to be strengthened by the outcome of the election and unite in order to correct the problems that worked against our party and our candidate in the election.
“As progressives and democrats, we are confident that all leaders and members of the party will celebrate the outcome of the election as free and fair as acknowledge by our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Let us unite to move our democracy forward.
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“We must put an end to the era when the electoral contest become warfare.
“We urge our candidate and all our members to join us in congratulating Mr Godwin Obaseki and the PDP as winner of the election.
“Our attention must now shift to Ondo State and ensure that we win the Oct. 10, 2020 election.
“Sept. 19, 2020 Edo election should present a new watershed,” Buni stressed.
In another development, the Sen. Bola Tinubu, National Leader, All Progressives Congress (APC), has however felicitated with his wife, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, as she clocks 60.
Tinubu, in a tribute on Monday in Lagos, praised the Sen. representing Lagos Central Senatorial District for her perseverance, endurance and independent character.
He appreciated her commitment, humanitarian care for both young, the elderly and the needy, especially for the people of her senatorial district.
The APC leader described Sen. Tinubu as her greatest friend, ally and supporter even at mostly difficult times.
“We are a living symbol of love, care, perseverance and commitment. There are so many moments, twists and turns in our lives.
“During the dark days when democracy was assaulted in this country, we suffered a lot, the family suffered and as a result of that, she was in America while I was criss-crossing Europe.
“It was a very trying period for every one of us as my wife single-handedly raised our children.
“We endured and got through all the turbulence and today we are still in positions to serve our nation and serve our people,” he said
The former governor of Lagos who expressed happiness as his wife attained 60, thanked God for sparing their lives and preserving their love together.
“This moment when Nigeria is 60, my wife is also 60. It is a wonderful thing.
“My wish is for her to live longer, for her legacy to be great, be in good health and continue to enjoy the fruit of her labour.
“I pray she enjoys her children, grandchildren and for all of us to live in good health,” he said.
In the meantime, Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has said that his re-election in the just concluded governorship election for another four years has finally sent the lions and tigers into the zoo to be caged permanently from Edo politics.
Obaseki indicated this on Monday in Benin while addressing a crowd of PDP supporters at the popular Kings square shortly after a victory match round the Benin Metropolis.
The Governor was accompanied by his Deputy Gov. Philip Shaibu, Chairman Edo PDP Campaign Council, Dan Orbih, House of Rep. Member, Ogbeide Ihama, among others.
According to him, the message of Saturday’s governorship election means I should go and work for Edo people. It is clear, the Edo people have spoken loud and clear.
“You have helped me caged the lions and tigers in the State, you will never see them again in Edo because they are all in the zoo now where they belong.
“Today, I promise you that we will work for Edo people because no one will hinder us from delivering the dividend of democracy to Edo people.
“My Deputy, Philip Shaibu, and I will go back to the office and work for Edo people. I want to thank everyone residing in the state; you spoke and we have heard you and ready to ever work for you.
“The next four years in the state will be the one that all citizens will live to remember as we will consolidate on our developmental achievements in the State. Thank you all,” he said.
Earlier, the Chairman of Edo PDP Campaign Council, Mr Dan Orbih, said that the victory had shown that Edo people rejected godfatherism, money bag politics and given the mandate for the development of the State.
“With your support and votes you have started new dawn in Edo Politics, Nigeria’s democracy and by extension that the State will never remain the same again as Obaseki’s re-election has ended godfatherism in the State.
“Obaseki’s re-election has shown that Edo people are wiser, and the state is in the path of development as the people have spoken loudly and have finally silenced godfatherism in Edo Politics,” he said.