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Edo 2020: God should let me lose re – election,if it will cost the blood of anybody – Obaseki
The Edo State Governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr . Godwin Obaseki, has said his second term ambition is not worth spilling the blood of anyone .
He specifically asked God to let him lose his re – election bid “ if it will cost the blood of anybody . ”
The governor reassured that the Saturday ’ s governorship election in the state would be peaceful and violence -free .
A statement quoted him as speaking after a one -day prayer and fasting session for a peaceful election , organised by the Edo Christian Community for all the governorship candidates ahead of the election .
The statement was titled , ‘ My reelection not worth spilling of blood – Obaseki’ , and sent by Obaseki’ s Special Assistant on Media, Crusoe Osagie .
Obaseki urged eligible voters to come out en masse without fear of intimidation or harassment .
The governor noted that there was no need for any form of violence during the electioneering process.
He said , “ Ordinarily , an election is supposed to be a contest where people go to sell their ideal , and citizens in their own free will go and vote for those ideals they believe in; it shouldn ’t be one where people will do anything to get power .
“ Election should not be one in which we shed blood because the election will always come. If you die in an election , you will not be there in the next one to vote . So, there is no need for violence .
“ It ’s unfortunate that where we are today we are all afraid that there will be trouble , that there will be crisis and violence but by the grace of God, we will all come out and vote and there won ’ t be any bloodshed.
“ There is no need for any violence and if anybody decides to act in a violent manner just walk away because our lives are very precious . I have a covenant with God ; if it will cost the blood of anybody for me to get into power, he should not let me have power. ”
On his part , the National President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria , Reverend Felix Omobude , prayed that God would make peace reign before , during, and after the election .
“ God ! commit Edo into your hands and by this covenant , we proclaim peace over Edo ; peace before, during, and after the election . The church speaks with one voice, that those that have sold themselves to work against the destiny of Edo shall be overwhelmed by their own problems .
“ In this election , rigging and evil will not have their way. We knock the engine of their operation ; Edo people shall go out and vote their consciences and the will of God will be done, ” the clergy prayed .