The umbrella body of Edo Indigenes, Edo Indigenous Movement aka (EPIA)has cautioned non Indigenes of Edo state to steer clear completely from the governorship elections of Edo state.
In its reaction to a song attributed to Ruggedman and Eedrees Abdulkareem, where they attacked Governor Godwin Obaseki, EPIA said that Edo elections is a family affair and as such, non Edo people must learn to stay away and let Edo people decide who their next governor will be.
Chief (Bishop) Omogiade Enoyiogiere Edokpolo, who is the founder of EPIA made this position know to newsmen in Benin City.
He listed some governors and other prominent politicians who had made one or two comments about the elections, warning them never to interfere, as it’s none of their business.
He argued; “Let Edo Indigenes and citizens determine who leads them. The idea of non Indigenes fueling issues in our governorship elections is completely unacceptable.
“The idea of Ruggedman, Edrees Abdulkareem, Governors Nyesom Wike of River State, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, Chief Bola Tinubu, Governor Ganduje of Kano, interfering in the elections is an aberration. Let Edo Indigenes handle their matters. Edo people are capable of deciding who will be their governor, and after the elections, a winner will emerge, and all Edo Indigenes will come back together as one. The idea of one interfering in these matters and fueling negative comments is not going to be tolerated by Edo Indigenous people.
“We are not fighting war in Edo, it’s just an election, and we will come together again. So non Indigenes, it’s a family affair and you should stay away”, he said.