Butchers in Edo okays Obaseki’s re-election bid


Butchers in Edo State has endorsed the re-election bid of the candidate of the peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governor Godwin Obaseki in the September 19, governorship election.

The butchers who shut their abattoirs, meat markets and shops in the state took to major streets in Benin City with a life cow to demonstrate their trade in solidarity with the state governor with their usual slogan of 4+4 and re-echoing of ‘Togba’ meaning complete.

Speaking with newsmen in Benin, the President, Association of Edo State Practicing Butchers, Paul Odigie, said they were out to drum support for Obaseki based on his developmental strides in the state.

According to him, the governor has done well and should be given the opportunity to continue and complete the good work he has started in the state.

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“We the butchers have agreed in totality that Obaseki deserves a second term until 2024 because of his developmental strides and laudable programmes for butchers.

“Today, we have shut down our abattoirs and other meat shops and meat sellers across the various markets in the state to endorse and to say we are 100 per cent with Obaseki.

“Since the inception of his administration, butchers in Edo have known peace,” Odigie said.

“There is no thuggery and there is no extortion because of his support and belief that market people are the ones that move the economy,” Odigie said.

He said any attempt to circumvent the will of the people would be vehemently resisted.

“We are using this medium to reach out to the entire butchers in the state and our supporters as well as the prospective buyers and meat consumers to mobilise and vote for Gov. Obaseki.

“A vote for Obaseki is moving the meat market in Edo to the next level, just like the Brazilian meat industry,” he said.