The Association of Edo State Practicing Butchers, yesterday, abandoned their businesses in solidarity for the re-election bid of the incumbent governor of the state, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.
The group, branded with the Peoples Democratic Party faze caps and a life cow to demonstrate their trade, took to the major streets in Benin in solidarity with the governor with their usual slogan of 4+4 and re-echoing of ‘Togba’.
Addressing journalists in Benin, leader of the group, Akhare Paul Odigie, said they have chosen to defer the rain to come out in their numbers to rally round governor Godwin Obaseki who seeking re-election on the platform of PDP based on his developmental strides in the state.
Odigie said the governor has done well and should be given the opportunity to continue and complete the good work he has started in the state.
“The Edo state butcher, in totality, have agreed that Obaseki, is our next governor. He shall continue to occupy Osadebe Avenue till 2024 because of his developmental strides, the programmes he has lined up in the association of Edo state butcher, moving the meat market to an industry.
“He promised us, he has designed it and we know in his second term, he will fulfill it.
“Since the inception of governor Godwin Obaseki, the Edo state butchers have known peace. There is no thuggery and there is no extortion because of his support and believe that the market people are the ones that move the economy.
“Today, we shutdown the entire meat facilities in Edo state, we shutdown the entire meat sellers in the different markets to endorse and to say we are 100 percent with Obaseki”, he said.
The butcher chairman threatened that any attempt to circumvent the will of the people will be vehemently resisted by them.