Women drawn from different organisations at a meeting in Benin City at the weekend put Mrs. Betty Obaseki, the wife of the APC candidate to task. She was put on the spot over a statement, credited to her in which she faulted past PDP administrations for contributing to the problem of prostitution among the women of the state. They also asked her to tender an unreserved apology in all national dailies even as they called on all women in the state to rally round the PDP governorship candidate in the governorship election because he has demonstrated through the conduct and utterances of his wife, Idia, a University Professor, that he is a caring husband, father, and pastor.
Addressing the women, Deaconess Regina Oviasu said that it was worrisome that the same woman wants to lead Edo women she has tagged prostitutes. She said, “I want to stand and say that Mrs. Obaseki should apologise to all Edo women as mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters for the statement she made. She does not know Edo women. An Edo woman has integrity. She commands respect. She is hardworking. I think it’s a slip of the tongue on her part, and she must apologise”.
Also speaking, former Executive Director of the Edo State Poverty Alleviation Agency in the APC government, Chief Evelyn Igbafe who used the event to announce her decision to pitch tent with the PDP, called on all women voters in the state to vote against the APC. She said, “We are not happy that a woman who has a husband who wants to be the governor of Edo state will tag Edo women as prostitutes. We reject her aspiration. She can never become the first lady of Edo State. We will not close our eyes and allow such a woman who is not even from Edo State to tarnish our hard earned image”.
Other women who spoke along the same line acknowledged that Edo had produced great women who are renown all over the world for their industry like Dr. Margaret Idahosa, Apostle Eunice Osagiede, and Mrs. Margaret Agbonifo, who are leading evangelists known globally.