Governor Godwin Obaseki has been unanimously adopted by leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the 18 Local Government Areas of Edo State as the party’s flagbearer for the 2020 gubernatorial election in the State.
The governor was adopted by the leaders during an enlarged meeting with the governor at Government House in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
The motion for the adoption of the governor for a second term was moved by a chieftain of the APC from Edo South Senatorial District, Michael Agharevba, commending Governor Obaseki on his achievements as governor in the past three years.
He said that the governor has transformed all sectors of the state within a short time: “We are solidly behind the governor and his deputy, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu for a second term. This is the first time somebody is speaking to our hearts and it is evident in the physical structures he is building across the state.”
Seconding the motion was former Chief Whip in the Edo State House of Assembly and a leader of the APC in Edo North, Hon Shaibu Abdullahi.
On her part, a former council chairman and chieftain of the APC in Edo Central, Mrs. Stella Okoro, said the women of the state have unanimously agreed to adopt the governor and support his bid for a second term.
She said: “When a woman carries you on her back, you are protected. We are happy for all the governor is doing. We are carrying him on our back as a sign of our support for his administration.”
Earlier, Edo State Chairman of the APC, Anselm Ojezua, echoed the party leaders’ support for Governor Obaseki’s second term bid.
He said the APC in Edo State has been active and remains strong as ever before.
“We will take those steps that will protect the integrity of the APC. Once we are done sanitising our party system, we will be better and stronger,” he said.
He explained that APC prohibits the formation of parallel movements within the party structure, stressing that the Edo Peoples Movement (EPM) cannot be an organ of the party.
The governor reeled out the scorecard of his administration in the past three years to the party leaders, hailing them for their sacrifice and faith in his administration while pledging to do more in delivering the dividends of democracy to Edo people.
He said his administration has engendered good governance through policies and programmes targeted at eradicating poverty and creating jobs in the last three years, assuring to consolidate on his achievements in the next one year.
He said: “When we came onboard three years ago, 15 out of 18 LGAs were not able to pay salaries and we met huge pension arrears burden, but with your support, we have made a lot of progress.
“For revenue generation, the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in Oredo LGA rose from N1.5 million monthly in December 2016 to N62 million in October, 2019. We are emphasising people-oriented projects because the APC’s principle is focused on people’s development.”