The Nigerian Senate Minority Caucus has congratulated Governor Godwin Obaseki over his emphatic victory in the Edo State governorship election.
Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, in a statement signed by his media adviser, Uchenna Awom, said Obaseki’s victory signals a new dawn and the ultimate end of Godfatherism in Nigeria politics.
Senator Abaribe, who also hailed the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for its tenacity and resilience in the face of manifest intimidations, said the victory further confirmed that power ultimately belongs to the people and not to some phantom individuals who think they can play God and toy with the will and wishes of the people.
“Going forward, I believe that the Edo people through their overwhelming endorsement of Governor Obaseki and PDP, sent the right signal across, affirming that never again should any political party succumb to the undemocratic machinations of a few who like to play tin-god because of their supposedly rich pocket.
“This victory is a soothing balm not only for Edo people, but also for the entire country, especially against the backdrop of the excruciating sufferings and hardship foisted on the people by the All Progressive Congress (APC) led federal government,” Abaribe said.
In the just concluded Edo governorship election, Governor Obaseki of the PDP got 307,955 votes while his closest rival, Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC, garnered 223,619. The margin between the two major parties was 84,336.
The caucus also called on the people of Ondo State to be ready to replicate what has happened in Edo State so that Nigeria will be returned to genuine and people oriented democracy.