I prayed at my grandfather’s grave side seeking victory to be governor of Edo – Obaseki
By Urhere Kingsley
Often it is said that politicians especially in Africa would go extra mile doing unimaginable things in a bid to win elections.
Confession of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki that he prayed on his late grandfather’s grave seeking spiritual assistance for victory when he decided to run for the governorship in 2016 might just be confirmation of this saying.
He expressed the belief that the prayer aided his victory at the September 28, 2016 Governorship Poll, and at the various courts which ended at the Supreme Court recently.
Obaseki made the confession at the New Covenant Gospel Church, Benin during Thanks giving Service to celebrate his victory at the Supreme Court.
The obviously elated governor re called how he was the unlikely candidate of his All Progressives Congress (APC) going into the party primary because he had no political pedigree when he joined the governorship race.
“When I decided to run for the office of the governor, I went to tell my uncle, Justice Andrew Otutu Obaseki (now late) and sought his blessings.
“He sat me down and prayed for me and after his prayers, he asked my uncle to take me to my grandfather’s grave to pray and ask for whatever I wanted.
“I did exactly that and throughout, he was in prayers for me till the Monday when I got my victory at the Supreme Court.”
But the Governor however asserted that since the Pentecostal Movement began in Benin; he has never known any other religion.
“The only thing that I know since I was born is Christ. I don’t dream. When I sleep, I wake up the next day after six hours because I don’t carry any problem to bed.”
Thanking God for using his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole to support his governorship race, Obaseki said he never harbored the intention to succeed Oshiomhole when he offered to work and support his administration.
In a remark, Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Edo State Chapter, Bishop Oyenude Kure promised the body would rally support for the Obaseki’s administration to ensure it succeeds.
His words; “God has given you the mandate. God is with you in this journey. He is in your front so that your steps will not slide.
“God is at your back so that enemies will not stab you behind. The little time we have watched you, we know you have the destiny of the state at heart,” he added.