Royal fathers in Edo North have assured Mr. Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the September 10 gubernatorial election in Edo State that he will win the gubernatorial election as Oshiomhole will hand over the baton to him on November 12, 2016.
The traditional rulers who converged on the palace of the Otaru of Igarra, Oba Adeche Saiki II, said Oshiomhole has done his best and they believe he will leave behind a worthy successor.
Oba Adeche Saiki II who spoke on behalf of the other royal fathers who gave their royal blessings to the APC candidate and his running mate, Hon Philip Shaibu during a visit to his palace said: “today, you have come to introduce to us the new person that will take over from you. We have listened attentively and we have no option than to believe all you said about him.
“For Mr. Godwin Obaseki, we congratulate you for your nomination as the gubernatorial candidate of the APC in this state. I am sure you will listen to our Governor. He has done his best and he is about going, maybe within the next four, months; he will give the baton to you, and we will be looking on you to give us your best too. Actually, we have been praying for a governor that will succeed Comrade Oshiomhole.”
Governor Adams Oshiomhole who introduced the governorship candidate, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and his running mate, Hon. Philip Shaibu to the Otaru and the other royal fathers said, “I have come to present Mr. Godwin Obaseki to you as our gubernatorial candidate, to ask for your royal blessings, your support and prayers, exactly the same way you prayed for me, and God answered, and I won overwhelmingly in this local government. Even by that time, the people with us now were not with us. Now, with more people now with us and retaining those who have long been with us, with your prayers, the journey should be a lot shorter and less tedious, and the outcome should be a more resounding victory. So, we are entirely in your hands.”
Oshiomhole continued, “Godwin has been the man working behind the scene. He has been the chairman of our Economic Team. He knows everything that I know, and there is nothing we have done that he doesn’t know, even the issues we had in the course of constructing the road from here to Ososo through Dangbala. So, I told people he is one man I don’t need to do handing over to. The only thing is that the mistakes we have made, he will not repeat because he knows those mistakes. He will do things differently in a way that will bring more value because he will not have the learning curve.”
On his part, the APC governorship candidate, Mr. Obaseki assured the royal fathers of his determination to focus on infrastructural, economic and human capital development. He said, “What is going to be unique about the next four to eight years is not just the amount of infrastructure which we must build, nor the number of educational schools which we must refurbish, and make sure that our educational system is brought back to what it used to be. What is going to be more important and significant for us will be our focus on human and economic development.”
He promised to create jobs for the people and revive the abandoned cement factory at Akoko Edo, “Akoko Edo is truly blessed. It has more mining licenses than other local governments, and working with the federal government, we will make sure that most of those licenses are exploited. Just drive in here and see the waste in Avan Cement. It was heartbreaking. And I want to assure you that the Avan Cement plant, we will do whatever we need to do to take it from the people who stole our money to build that plant and make sure that plant begins to work in our tenure.”
The royal fathers offered prayers for the success of the governorship ambition of Mr. Godwin Obaseki and his running mate, Hon. Philip Shaibu.
In the same vein, the Ogieneni of Uzairue, Alhaji Kadiri Imonikhe Omogbai IV, who received Governor Oshiomhole and the APC gubernatorial candidate, Mr Godwin Obaseki assured the Governor of one hundred percent votes from the people of Uzairue for Godwin Obaseki, come September 10, 2016.
The Ogieneni also prayed for Mr. Obaseki and Hon Shaibu.