Like former President Goodluck Jonathan, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has said his ambition is not worth the blood of anyone.
Jonathan made the similar comment in 2015 during the build up to the 2015 Presidential election, which he eventual lost to the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari.
Obaseki said though he was disappointed with the postponement of the governorship election, he would rather drop his governorship ambition than to have hoodlums hijack the election and shed the blood of innocent citizens.
He explained that he had no option but to accept the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission to shift the election from September 10 to September 28, 2016, based on security report by the police.
A statement by his media aide, Tunde Oladunjoye, quoted Obaseki as saying this in a chat with journalists in Lagos on Sunday. He said, “We were ready for the election, but when the police belatedly raised the issue of security, there was nothing we could do.
“I will rather not be a governor than to have the blood of many people shed by miscreants that were imported into Edo State to cause havoc.
“How many people have been tried or charged to court for the wanton killings and violence in Rivers State, let alone being convicted? How many people have been arrested for the blatant murder of the Port Harcourt lawyer?
“These imported hoodlums have nothing to lose, they are not from Edo, and would not think twice before killing our people the way they killed people in Rivers State.”
He, however, said he was optimistic that he would achieve victory come September 28, the new election date. “The APC will win the election convincingly any day or time.
The postponement was just a mere shift of the doomsday for the People’s Democratic Party and others,” Obaseki said. “The people of Edo State have made up their mind never to go back to the dark era. “They know me, they know the lineage of my family, they can trace me from four, five generations back; they know I don’t have a violent past; I have never been charged or tried for violent behavior.”