The Executive Director, Canvassers for Democracy and Rule of Law, Rev. Olu Martins said he was certain that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Governor Godwin Obaseki, meant well for the people of Edo, therefore deserved overwhelming support for his re-election.
Rev. Martins revealed this while reacting to his alleged commendation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu in Benin on Wednesday, August 26, 2020.
He disclosed to journalists that there was never a time he recommended Ize-Iyamu, adding that it was a joke taken too far. “For some 48 hours now my phone has been inundated with calls and texts of my purported endorsement of the APC candidate.
“The candidate of the APC is my very good friend and that of my family, whom I respect and relate freely and regularly. He played a pivotal role in my life and continues to do so. I visited him as I normally will, being a friend that politics would not separate on Aug. 23, to have a private chat where I met some of my friends on the APC/POI divide,” stated Martins.
The Rev also added that “I am an activist and not a party person and I can associate freely. That association should not be tagged endorsement or dumping Obaseki when that is not what I came to do. I do not have issues with him but I have my preference politically speaking in this re-election of Obaseki.”
Moreover, he also noted that he has been a faithful supporter of Governor Obaseki, adding that he also supported the APC candidate in 2016 and stayed with him until the Supreme Court verdict. Therefore, he aims to do the same with Obaseki until he wins his re-election in the Sep.19 poll.
“I am a committed Canvasser of Obaseki re-election bid having appeared on several media stations both local, national and even international, the recent being a massive rally where I was like the spokesperson. According to him, I have always en a direct person as I have never been known to probate and reprobate at the same time.
“When I support you, I do so without wavering. I am convinced that Obaseki means well for Edo people and has done well for them. He, therefore, deserves our overwhelming support in his bid to deliver to Edo state the much needed and already visible development,” added Martins.