IT was a historic moment at the weekend as Edo North political leaders across party lines urged the Very Rev. Fr. Andrew Obinyan to throw his hat in the ring for the 2024 gubernatorial race in the state.
Speaking at the event, notable political leaders from Edo North under the umbrella of Catholic Politicians, promised unwavering support if he is favourably disposed to joining the Governorship race. With unanimous voices, the leaders said:
“We are urging you Fr. Obinyan to contest in the forthcoming Edo State Governorship race and will give you our full support. If you didn’t fail the Church, you will certainly not fail the State”, Ambassador Christopher Ighodaro, the leader of the Labour Party (LP) told the audience.
In the same vein, Sir Peter Oba (Spetco Gee) of the APC and Barr.(TPL) A.M.I Imhakhu of the PDP at the occasion jointly posited that Fr. Andrew Obinyan is known and loved across the three Senatorial Districts of the state due to his pastoral and philanthropic gestures across all spectres of human endeavours, helping the less privileged in the society namely; students, physically challenged and the widows.
The leaders who gathered at the event as well as the women and youth groups all strongly believed that if Fr. Andrew Obinyan can provide succour and solace for the downtrodden in the society within the vineyard of God, he would do even more when he is elected the Governor.
The various groups called on all and sundry who are interested in the progress and development of the state to support the humanist clergyman for a better Edo.
In a related development, Fr. Andrew Obinyan was happily received by his kinsmen in Esan South East LG council. His kinsmen joined in the same chorus, urging the Very Rev. Fr Andrew Obinyan to salvage the from total stagnation and politics of retardation.
They posited that their pressure on the Very Rev. Fr Andrew Obinyan to contest is as a result of his enviable track record that has positively impacted the lives of the young and old alike in the state.
The event was later climaxed with various cultural dances to welcome Fr Andrew Obinyan as well as calls on him to contest in the state’s Governorship race.
In spite the push, it was observed by many that Very Rev. Fr Andrew Obinyan did not give definite word on the plea and pressure for him to join the race but opinion moulders believe that he’s the most competent among the lots that will take the state to a state of El dorado.