Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has canvassed for peaceful election in the state ahead of Saturday’s Poll.
Speaking after 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, Obaseki who was quoted in statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, said there is no need for violence as the election does not worth spilling of blood.
“The church is the pillar on which we rest, and therefore, I have no fear whatsoever.
“I take actions and people say I am very courageous but it is God and not me.
“I have the church and God behind me, so why should I be afraid?
“Ordinarily, an election is supposed to be a contest where people go to sell their ideals, 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 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” he said.
“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,” Obaseki added.