Gov Godwin Obaseki of Edo State
…By gathering to register as party members in Wards…
Tracereporters –A group, the Concerned  Edo Nigerians has condemned the invitation extended weekend, by the Obaseki-Shaibu Movement to Edo people to go and register as political party members in their wards.
In a statement, it says the invitation at this time when  cases of Covid-19 victims was rising by the day, not only go against the directives of the state and federal government but also jeopardizes efforts to contain COVID-19, thereby endangering the lives of Edo people.
State chairman of the group Mr Dr Godwin Shaibu, said the governor’s invitation are not only reprehensible but callous and selfish, as it shows his desperation for a second term on office, while continuing his sustenance of crisis in the state and destabilising the state’s chapter of the APC amid COVID-19 pandemic.
According to him, “It is not surprising that the Governor has continued his desperate attempt to get a second term ticket of the Edo State chapter of the APC and he is propagating this move at the expense of the safety and wellbeing of Edo people”.
“By asking citizens to go and register when gatherings in the wards will be more than 50 persons in attendance, he is undermining efforts of the Federal government in containing the spread of the virus and also dishonouring all those who have died from this virus.
“The antics of Governor Obaseki are well-known, but it bears repeating that he is on a mission to kill many in Edo State. He has continued to perpetuate the factionalising of the party in the state, with an intent to cause the party to lose its opportunity to participate in the forthcoming gubernatorial election.”
Noting that this action of the Governor will compromise government’s efforts to halt the spread of coronavirus in the state, the group urged the Presidency and the leadership of the APC at the National level to call the governor to order, to prevent becoming the epicentre of Covid-19 in the country.
“It must be said that the Governor has in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic not shown remorse for the persons lost to this invisible enemy. While Nigeria keeps losing eminent sons and daughters to the pandemic, for instance, he has asked citizens to embark on a free for all party membership registration. This is an invitation to mass suicide, if nothing else “.
Supporters of Edo State Governor, had on Sunday abandoned his order that citizens observe social distance to halt the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) with its invitation to all citizens to go, gather and register as APC members in their wards.
In a special announcement, the Obaseki-Shuaibu Movement and signed by it’s Publicity secretary, Osazuwa Ogiemwonyi, the body called on all Edo residents who are in support of Governor Godwin Obaseki to go and register.
The invitation said citizens can participate in the APC membership registration by visiting the APC ward secretariat or unit where they vote to get registered as a bona fide member of APC.
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