PDP National Youth Frontier (PDPNYF), a leading group under the banner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the defection of Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki to PDP as a huge advantage for the party in Edo State, the South-South Zone and the national level.
Comrade Usman Okai Austin, the National Coordinator of PDPNYF in a press statement on Saturday described Obaseki as a modern and educated politician whose entrance into the PDP should be seen as a welcome development to members of the party in Edo State.
“PDP is known to have the strong culture that rotates on the axiom: Power belongs to the people, a slogan which has drastically reduced and eliminated godfatherism from the PDP fold.
“Unlike APC where Obaseki is coming from which promotes egoistic tendencies and hence godfathers interests are seen as superior to the masses in making development and electoral decisions, in the PDP we have a very strong belief that the unnecessary distractions that Obaseki encountered in the APC due to his recourse to the overall interest of the people rather than those of the party leaders alone is no longer fashionable.
“Since Obaseki is a project oriented politician, he will definitely not have problem in the PDP where we have performers in governors like Wike, Udom, Okowa, Seyi, Makinde among others, who have proven to be development driven in all it ramifications”, Okai said.
Okai argued that the crisis that engulfed APC can be for the interest of PDP and urged the leadership of the party to learn from what is destroying and destabilizing the APC.
He said that despite the glaring facts that Obaseki performed and achieved what other APC governor’s like Yahaya Bello of Kogi State cannot achieve, even if he is given 10 more years, the party turned their back on him.
“The APC is about who can satisfy and massage the ego of godfathers. Bello was given all the necessary support including the use of helicopter against the electorate, killing and maiming of innocent citizens of the state at the detriment of the good people of Kogi State including the workers who were continually deprived of their wages and salaries. Bello was rigged into office for a second term by the same Adams Oshiomhole, who unfortunately rose to limelight and political prominence on the shadow of comradeship. However, Oshiomhole has proven not to be the “Man of the Masses” attributed to him some years ago due to his NLC “stewardship”. All lies in ruin and it is bunkum after all. Protesting in the name of the masses in the day time and in the night collecting kickbacks is evil.
“I therefore call on the youth and the good people of Edo State to be circumspect in deciding the fate of Obaseki. As a matter of fact, we need to rally around Obaseki for his second term to enable him continue with his development strides which truly borders on the interest of the masses. A governor who is already known to be paying workers’ salary promptly and also building critical infrastructure like road, electricity,water with investments in agriculture, education and other vital sectors of the economy should be more desirable than any other person aspiring for the same position. The development attributes of Obaseki are the hallmark of PDP across the states where it holds sway on the instruments of governance. I urge Obaseki to build on the APC manifesto to continue with development strides and uphold the welfare of the workers and the generalty of the people of Edo State”, Okai concluded.