By Tare Youdeowei
WARRI—The Itsekiri National Youth Council, INYC, Worldwide, has congratulated Mr. Godwin Obaseki on his electoral victory in the just concluded Edo State governorship election, saying the victory was a testimony to the acceptability of his welfarist and grassroots-oriented programmes, as well as their belief in continuity of Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s laudable programmes.
They, however, said the governor-elect must display a high sense of inclusiveness, by carrying every section of the state, particularly the Itsekiri ethnic nationality, along in the scheme of things.
The group’s Public Relations Officer, Comrade Joseph Uwawah, while saluting the governor-elect, as well as the outgoing governor of the state on their electoral victory, reiterated the commitment of Itsekiri ethnic nationality in Edo State to continually work in partnership with all critical stakeholders, stressing that “the Itsekiri communities as at today are still the golden goose laying the golden eggs on which the entire Edo State is surviving and that there is no better time than now for an Itsekiri person to be conscripted as member of the incoming executive council.”
National President of INYC, Comrade Oritseweyinmi Agbateyiniro, had earlier commended all the contestants and the people of Edo State for their contribution to deepening democracy by insisting that only their votes determind who emerged victorious.
His words, “I find it quite instructive, that Mr. Godwin Obaseki’s victory is coming at such a time that the Itsekiri section of Edo state are vehemently crying for fairness, equity and justice. This is so because if Itsekiris, and other ethnic nationalities from the oil producing sections of the state are in agreement about anything at all, then it is that the way and manner with which the Itsekiris are been treated by past administrations, has been a disappointment with seeds of injustice meted on the people. Thus, we are hoping that the incoming administration, as led by Godwin Obaseki would correct areas of imbalances, by effectively meeting the aspirations of the long abandoned people of the oil-producing sections of the state.”