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Obaseki to Shaibu: Edo people won’t accept Emilokan in our elections

Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo State, says the people of the state won’t accept the ‘Emilokan’ slogan as a strategy to win elections.

Godwin Obaseki and Philip Shaibu
Godwin Obaseki and Philip Shaibu

Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo State, says the people of the state won’t accept the ‘Emilokan’ slogan as a strategy to win elections.

Obaseki who is fighting some political battles with his deputy, Philip Shaibu, spoke while receiving the leaders of Edo South senatorial district at the government house.

In the build-up to the 2023 presidential poll, Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said he invoked the spirit of ‘Emilokan’ during election campaigns that resonated across the country.

However, the governor said: “Edo people will not accept ‘Emilokan’ as a strategy in government as they are not known for that. For us, it is the people that will decide.

“What has happened in the last few months is strange, and even if you have ambition, this is not the time to express it. The timetable for the election is not out. You can’t be part of a government and also be the one to destabilise the same government.

“I thought we came together and will leave together and let the people say you have done a great job, and they will now make the decision themselves. They are the ones to say that come rain or sunshine, we must continue.

“You are telling the world one thing and yet doing another. You are loyal to your principal and yet you are in Court with your principal. Everybody has the right to be ambitious but do it the right way.”

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