Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje yesterday advanced reasons the All Progressives Congress (APC) would win the governorship election in Edo State on September 19.
He said Godwin Obaseki had not done much to deserve a second term, adding that he would be defeated by the APC candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Dr. Ganduje, the chairman of the Edo State Gubernatorial Campaign Council for APC, said Obaseki had many hurdles he could not cross to emerge victorious. He added that Obaseki’s newly found platform -the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)- cannot rescue him from disgrace.
“Obaseki has failed to deliver to his people. He will be shocked at the polls,” Ganduje said.
The Kano governor noted: “The art of governance is to provide social and economic development, infrastructural facilities, peace and stability.
“But these are lacking in Edo State under Mr. Obaseki.
“What has he put on ground to show to Edo people that he deserves re-election?
“He has 53 cases in court and is busy fighting his people.
“Besides the litigation, he has just defected to another party, abandoning the governance of his people. How can he be re-elected?”
He said the APC standard-bearer, Ize-Iyamu, is a man of God, whose commitment in the service of his people, made it deserving for them to follow him to the APC.
“Ize-Iyamu has his people at heart. Obaseki does not. When Ize-Iyamu joined our party, he came with his people.
“But when Governor Obaseki crossed over to the PDP, he was followed only by his executive council (exco) members. This is because the people did not see any reason they will follow him,” Ganduje said.
The Kano governor, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Abba Anwar, said APC would play the electoral game in Edo in compliance with the rules of the game, the Electoral Act.
He urged Edo people to vote for Ize-Iyamu to enable the state develop.