Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki says Nigerians are fed up with governments at all levels, warning that the electorate will shock politicians and political parties during the 2023 general elections.
Obaseki, who spoke with newsmen in Benin, the Edo State capital, on Tuesday, warned politicians to expect surprise from the electorate due to poor governance and inefficiency.
The governor said, “Nigerians are fed up with the inefficiencies and failures of government officials and other representatives and will reject the same, if nothing is done to change the narrative. No political party today can beat its chest and say they will win or have a clear victory in the next elections in the country.
“People are watching and the only reason why people will leave their houses to polling units is because there is a reason to either vote for or against something. If they have not benefited, they are not likely to come out on Election Day.”
He said the people are closely watching the political situation in the country and preparing to shock political parties.
Obaseki added, “For us as a government and representatives of our people, we would be hurting ourselves if we ignore the changes that are coming and believe that things are still the same. We will all be shocked as we are beginning to see. People are now beginning to realise that they need to demand more from people in government and those managing their resources and commonwealth; people will go out to vote their choice or interests.
“We are lucky in Edo State because we saw it coming and have laid down the roadmap and anticipated it coming but our challenge is that many people don’t believe it, thinking we have time and things will still happen the way they usually do.”
The governor, however, urged political leaders to sit up and address the challenges confronting Nigerians.