Ahead of the 2020 Edo gubernatorial elections, Edo state athletes have appealed to Governor Godwin Obaseki to pay their 2018 National Sports Festival award prizes.
They believe the act could also help shore up support for the governor in next month’s elections.
The athletes also praised Governor Obaseki for agreeing to host the 2020 National Sports Festival adding that the development will boost the sporting image of the state.
One athlete who spoke on condition of anonymity said the payment of the cash prizes award will encourage athletes to put in more efforts for the state.
“I am using this singular opportunity to appeal to His Excellency, Governor Godwin Obaseki to pay our 2018 National Sports Festival award prizes. The state government is doing its best in terms of sports equipment and facilities but must also remember the key actors.
“We want the governor to know that if these prizes are paid, it will further boost the morale of the athletes to vote for him in the coming elections.”
Another athlete also speaking on condition of anonymity said, “The state government led by Godwin Obaseki did well by agreeing to host the 2020 National Sports Festival. Sports is getting a facelift as most of the stadia are passing through constant renovations.
“The youths are the future and most of the athletes are potential voters. Majority of the athletes are loved by their supporters because they have won laurels for the state and country.
“Governor Godwin Obaseki can get a large chunk of votes from the athletes,” he added.