Edo state Governor, Godwin Obaseki has declared that no man can stop his quest to be re-elected for second term.
Obaseki who was speaking on Channels TV morning programme ‘Sunrise daily’ said he will return to power the same way he got to power.
His words: “I just believe that we have a President we have country who believe in rule of law and will allow things to be done openly and transparently. Is when you short-circuit the process, then you deal with the consequences of it which is unfortunate in the development and evolution of our democracy. I’m not a violent person, I have never being, but I’m just confident that the way I got to power that same I will return to power, somebody brought me to into power somebody gave me power and is God that gave me power. So long as he want me to continue, I will, I mean no man can stop me, power comes from God.”
On the guidelines for the governorship primary election in Edo state
I keep emphasising that we are a party is properly documented, we have a constitution and rules we followed in how we conduct our affairs. I believe the local chapter has read the constitution of the party though-roughly and is acting inline with the constitution of the party, and the practices within the party but if people decide to upturn them the way they want to, well, we will see.
It doesn’t matter whether is direct or indirect, I will win. Because I’m on ground, we know what we have done for our people in Edo state. So That is not the issue, for us the issue is doing the right thing, following the laid down rules of the party. We just have to be organise, do things properly, that is the issue for us.
Well, I think is really unfortunate if we can continue to think in that light that if we continue to do things that is not proper and as a society we accept and live with it and go on with it. It will not develop our democracy, what I’m hearing you and other people saying is that it doesn’t matter what the people want, it doesn’t matter the processes that have been put in place rather one or two people can just sit down decide on what to do and do it and nothing happens. That is a recipe for disaster in a democracy and I don’t think it will happen in Edo. What I’m concern about, is to avoid bloodshed, I don’t think election should lead to violent and bloodshed. That is what I’m more concern about which is protecting my people. Some people don’t care, theirs is power at all cost, but Edo people are different, we will see what happen.
We have always canvass for peace, what are the issues in Edo? What are the issues that cannot be resolved in a democracy? As far as I’m concerned we said let use the resources in Edo to develop the state a few people say no, we are power -brokers, we are in-charge, we should be given priority, so you can see that there is Idealogical difference. This shouldn’t lead to bloodshed, let’s have a proper process to test these views out. We will not accept to be cowed and intimidated because people feel they can manipulate rules and process. The issues are very straight, what is the division all about? Let’s test it in the public place.
I worked for eight years behind the scene to create what we had in Edo state before I became governor. I have personal resources that I spent I have friends in this country. So that all that insinuations about using other people resources is neither here nor there. Having become a Governor, was the idea for me to do things in an old way or to make progress? Yes, I became a Governor on the platform of our party, I’m grateful for it. I was assisted just like any other person was. But being in power what do you now do with it? Do you serve a limited interest? Or do you serve a general good?
On PDP wooing him
Well, there are free to open their doors but I have a lot of doors in my own house, I don’t have any need to look out into any other person’s compound for now. I’m very comfortable at home, in my home the APC home, there could be issues which will be dealt with.
On securing APC governorship ticket
People make it sound as if APC is associated with charade, or is not an organise party, we are a very organise party, we have our constitution, we have rules and we subject ourselves to the rule of law. Even though some people in the party don’t, but that doesn’t distort the fact that APC is a lawful party.
I have issues with the national chairman, whom we have suspended from the party in the state because of his anti- party activities. But I’m not sure the party will sit down and allow him be a judge in a matter in which he is involved in, that will be just against natural justice. Nobody will do that, I’m sure my party will do what they need to do when is time. APC is not a sole property of an Individual or a chairman, APC is a collection of interest, APC is a political party that is govern by rules, even if people are lawless it doesn’t mean the party is lawless.