Godwin Obaseki, Edo state incumbent Governor, and Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party has declared that he has no interest in anyone’s blood spilling as a result of his second term bid.
Specifically, he begged God to let him lose his re-election bid “if it will cost the blood of anybody.”
He made this known while reassuring that the election in the state would be free of any form of violence.
In a statement, 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.
He made the statement at the conclusion of 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.
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.
He noted that it is unfortunate that the situation has so deteriorated to the point that there is fear that there is going to be violence.
He however hoped that by the grace of God, “we will all come out and vote and there won’t be any bloodshed”.