Chief John E.K. Odigie Oyegun CON
9 Reservation Road, GRA
Benin City, Edo State.
I read with great consternation and disgust a statement purportedly issued by me on a so called outcome of the gubernatorial election in Edo State.
First let me state emphatically that at no time did I issue any statement, verbally or written, on the fortunes of the APC, or any other party in the imminent election. The said statement which is making rounds in the social media could only have originated from sick minds and desperate persons of criminal orientation.
My views and statements on the Edo State political situation have been consistent.
I strongly advised against the mistreatment of Governor Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki by the late unlamented National Working Committee, (NWC), of the APC and his subsequent forced exit from the APC. Governor Obaseki stood bravely for the dignity and pride of his people and in the process suffered unacceptable indignities.
In the matter of who governs Edo State, the people are sovereign and no individual or group, whatever their status, can decide on their behalf. I stand with the people of Edo State and urge them to come out massively to exercise their democratic right! They should vote for good governance, common decency, principled leadership, especially in the political arena and the protection of their vital democratic rights. They should by their votes, make clear that it is their right to choose their Governor and nobody else! There is no room for fence sitters.
This is a special situation and primitive loyalties should and must be set aside. Remember Mr President’s admonition in an equally challenging preelection situation in Imo State. “Vote your conscience”. There will be peace on Saturday. Come out and vote your conscience.
John Odigie Oyegun CON
Former Governor of Edo State
Former APC National Chairman