Edo Governor faults Atiku’s claims of winning election

By Timothy Choji, Abuja


The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki says the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar is making false claims that he defeated President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC), with about 1.6 million votes.

Governor Obaseki made the declaration on Thursday while speaking to Journalists after visiting President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Asked to respond on Abubakar’s claims, Governor Obaseki simply said, “You heard the word, they are hallucinating.”

The Governor said he was at the State House to congratulate President Buhari and also to discuss some development issues that have to do with the South-south and South-east being the only APC Governor in the area.

He said, “I came to congratulate the President on his victory in the pools. If you understand the Nigerian politics, I am the only APC governor in the South-south and South-east. So, it means I must keep a very close relationship with my President.”

No discussion on politics
Governor Obaseki said that his discussion with the President had nothing to do with politics.

He further said that his party, APC had nothing to worry about Saturday’s supplementary election in Rivers State as it has no candidates in the election.

“Well, I didn’t come to discuss politics. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, will determine what it needs to do and as a compliant party we will accept its decisions.”

Curbing Insecurity
On what his administration is doing to curb insecurity in the Northern part of Edo State where some police officers including a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) were killed, Governor Obaseki said that those involved in the act had been arrested.

He said: “Security in that part of the state has been a concern to us and fortunately the Police stepped up investigation of the killings in Afuze Police Station last week and I am happy to report that the culprits have been found.

“They are hoodlums who wanted to release one of their colleagues in the police cell. They did it in such a gruesome manner by killing four police officers including the DPO who Watson duty at that time…They have been arrested and they have made useful confession. We are still investigating to see how this activity is related to such similar activities that we witnessed in that part of the state over the past one year.”


Mercy Chukwudiebere