The Edo State Governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Godwin Obaseki, for the first time, and on the eve of the crucial September 19 governirship poll, has begged God not to allow him win if it would result in bloodbath.
Obaseki, who did not rein in his supporters from being disruptive and violent throughout the electioneering, thuscpromptong the intervention by the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, said rather flippantly that his second term ambition was not worth spilling the blood of anyone.
He was quoted to have said “If it will cost the blood of anybody, let me lose instead.”
A statement said Obaseki spoke 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 re-election not worth spilling of blood – Obaseki’, and signed by Obaseki’s Special Assistant on Media, Crusoe Osagie.
Obaseki called on eligible voters to come out en masse without fear of intimidation or harassment, adding that there is no need for any form of violence during the electioneering process.
“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.”
National President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Reverend Felix Omobude, prayed that God would make peace to reign before, during, and after the election