June 13, 2024

Edo guber: PDP, ADC, PRP task INEC on credible poll, pledge good governance


INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu

•Obaseki charges youths, voters to vote wisely

By Ozioruva Aliu

BENIN CITY—AS Nigeria celebrates Democracy Day, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; African Democratic Congress, ADC, and Peoples Redemption Party, PRP, have urged the people of Edo State to vote for their parties and candidates in the September 21 governorship election.

They all promised good governance, if elected, and called on the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, to ensure a credible election.

PDP, Obaseki charge voters

A statement by the Deputy Director General, Media and Publicity of the Asue/Ogie Campaign Management Council, Rev Olu Martins, lauded former President, Goodluck Jonathan who was on an official visit to the state, for his role in strengthening democracy in Nigeria.

He urged the people to vote for Asue Ighodalo and Osarodion Ogie so that they could continue the works Governor Godwin Obaseki started in the state.

Speaking on behalf of the Director General of the Council, Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, Martins said Jonathan’s “presence in Edo State on June 12 (Democracy Day) bears witness to the very noticeable efforts of our Governor Godwin Obaseki to improving the lot of the Edo man and woman and to position the state to the enviable height that has made it a reference point within the sub-Sahara states of West Africa, the African continent and the world at large.

On his part, Governor Obaseki, in a statement to mark Democracy Day, charged voters to come out en masse to participate in the governorship election and to vote wisely so as to sustain the state’s developmental trajectory.

According to him, “As we mark this year’s democracy day, it is pertinent to applaud the tenacity, resilience and bravery of Nigerians in sustaining the core tenants of democracy over the past 25 years. It has remained one of our greatest legacies as a country that we can freely choose those who preside over our affairs and decide to either keep or change them every four years.

“We have come a long way in this journey. Though we might not be where we wish to be today, we are better off for it as a nation. Democracy remains the most desirable form of government because of its core principles of free will, free enterprise, civil liberties, fairness and justice.

“We have grown as a democratic nation over the years and all credit for the progress we have made goes to Nigerians who continue to respect the tenets of democracy as the best choice to attain sustainable development.”

In the forthcoming Edo State governorship election, the governor urged Edo people to vote wisely, ensuring they vote for the candidate who presents the most credible, pragmatic, intelligible and coherent pathway to societal development.

“As we proceed to the polls in September, it is necessary to be circumspect. We have made tremendous progress in the State in the last eight years. It is now only reasonable to ensure that the baton is passed to the candidate who ensures the sustainability of the projects, initiatives and development trajectory that we have set in the State. So, I urge you all to come en masse and vote for the most credible, accessible and competent candidate, who has a track record of excellence.”

ADC speaks

The Candidate of the ADC, Derek Izedonmwen, in a statement said: “On this occasion, we pay tribute to all pro-democracy activists whose unwavering commitment and significant sacrifices were instrumental in restoring our democracy when it was derailed. It is our solemn duty, therefore, to ensure that their labour was not in vain.

“As we move forward, every Nigerian must be ready to defend and nurture our democracy. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that this democratic tradition is upheld and passed on to those who will come after us and inherit our great nation.

“Let us all, as citizens of Edo State and Nigeria, reaffirm our commitment to a democratic ethos that builds, unites, and prospers. May we continue to thrive under the banner of democracy and may this day inspire us all to greater heights of nation-building.”

PRP’s a beacon of hope – Key

On her part, the governorship candidate of the PRP, Patience Ndidi Key said the party has “always been a beacon of hope for the marginalized, advocating for policies that promote social justice, economic empowerment, and transparent governance. Our mission is to redeem our state and nation from the clutches of corruption and mismanagement, ensuring that every citizen’s voice is heard and valued.

“The significance of Democracy Day lies in its call to action. It challenges us to look beyond the mere exercise of voting and to demand accountability from those we elect. It is a day that underscores the power of the people in shaping the future of our state and country. Our democracy can only thrive when we actively participate in governance, hold our leaders accountable, and insist on policies that serve the common good.

“In Edo State, we face numerous challenges that require bold and visionary leadership. From the need for improved healthcare and education systems to the imperative of creating sustainable economic opportunities for our youth, the tasks before us are daunting but not insurmountable. The PRP is committed to addressing these issues head-on, with a clear and actionable plan that prioritizes the well-being of all Edo citizens.”