John Odigie-Oyegun, a former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said no individual or group can determine for people of Edo State who to govern them.
Odigie-Oyegun made the statement on Tuesday, ahead of the Saturday governorship election in the state.
He said the power to choose the next governor of the state rests with the people.
He asked the APC National Working Committee (NWC), to stop victimising the state governor, Godwin Obaseki.
“My views and statements on the Edo political situation has been consistent,” he said.
“I strongly advised against the mistreatment of Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki by the late unlamented National Working Committee, NWC, of the APC and his subsequent forced exit from the APC.
“Governor Obaseki stood bravely for the dignity and the pride of his people and in the process, suffered unacceptable indignities.
“In the matter of who governs Edo State, the people are sovereign and no individual or group, whatever their status, can decide on their behalf.
“I stand with the Edo people and urge them to come out massively to exercise their democratic rights.
“They should vote for good governance, common decency, principled leadership especially in the political arena and the protection of their vital democratic rights.
”They should by their votes, make clear that it is their rights to choose their governor and nobody else. There is no room for fence-sitters.”
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Adams Oshiomhole, the immediate former APC national chairman, had said the incumbent governor, Obaseki, was a mistake he wants to correct, and vowed to do all he can to make amends, by helping Ize-Iyamu win the September 19, 2020, gubernatorial election.
Oshiomhole made the statement while addressing party supporters at a welcome home rally in Iyamho, Etsako West Local Government Area of the state.
“I have come home for only one project, I am not going back to Abuja until the project is completed. I came back home not to rest, but to work. We are political lions, we must commit ourselves to returning Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu to Osadebe Avenue,” he said.