By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN â€” TWO-time governor of the old Bendel State, Dr Samuel Ogbemudia, has urged members of the State House of Assembly to ensure better cooperation between them and Governor Adams Oshiomhole in 2010.
According to him, the rapid development of the state must be the priority of all irrespective of political affiliations.
Dr Ogbemudia, who also is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), stated this at a Town Hall Meeting in Benin City, as part of activities marking the first anniversary of Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
On the delay in the passage of the 2009 budget by the state House of Assembly, Ogbemu-dia stressed the need for total support for the governor, regretting that â€œwe have suffered decay in infrastructures and all we need to do now is to give the governor the needed support to succeed.
â€œIt is important we do that so that we can get to where we are supposed to be as a state.Â So give Oshiomhole a friendly House of Assembly come 2011. Let it be our slogan.â€
He commended Comrade Oshiomhole for the achievements recorded in one year, adding that he represented a new dawn in Nigerian politics.
Ogbemudia further urged the people of the state to come under one umbrella to fast-track the development of the state, assuring that the Comrade governor was committed to restoring Edo State to its pride of place.
Dr Ogbemudia, who participated fully through out the 1st anniversary celebration, had last Thursday described Oshiomhole as God-sent to the people of the state and urged all the leaders in the state to give the governor the needed support to succeed.
However, the former Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, was conspicuously absent through out the celebration, which attracted dignitaries such as Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Alhaji Maitama Sule, Professor Jerry Gana, Bisi Akande, Olu falae,Â Alhaji Balarabe Musa, Chief EK Clark and several other leaders across the nation.