Ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary scheduled for June 22, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has said he is confident of returning to power as the first man of the state because “power comes from God.”
The governor who disclosed this on Wednesday, in an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, noted that he is a man of peace, and not a violent person.
“I am not a violent person. But I am confident that the way I got into power is the same way I will return.
“God gave me power. If he wants me to return I will continue. No man can stop me, power comes from God,” he said.
Speaking on violence during election, he said he has always canvassed for peace and believes election should not lead to bloodshed.
The governor who also spoke concerning the political rift within the APC in Edo State, stated that he is not distracted, adding that his focus is on developing the state.
“We have always canvassed for peace. What are the issues in Edo and what are the issues that cannot be resolved in a democracy. Our concern is to use the resources of the people to develop the state.
“This shouldn’t lead to bloodshed. We will not accept to be cowed and intimidated because some people think that they can manipulate rules and cut corners,”Obaseki said.
When asked if it’s not the resources of the people of Edo State that was used for him to become the governor, Obaseki said: “I have friends with resources. I worked for eight years behind the scene before I became governor.
“So all that insinuations about using somebody’s resources is unfounded.I became governor on the platform of the party and I am grateful for it.”
He expressed confidence that the rule of law will prevail in the forthcoming Edo State election because he is sure that President Muhammadu Buhari believes in the rule of law and will allow things to be done openly.
Obaseki further noted that he is not in contest with anyone, stressing that he is confident of victory.
“It does not matter whether it is direct or indirect (primaries), I will win,” he said.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC, led by the National Chairman of the party and former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, had on May 22 announced its decision to adopt direct primary for the governorship primary in Edo State.