April 25, 2024

Edo guber: Our administration’ll be different from Obaseki’s regime —Okpebholo


•APC cautions members opposing new entrants
•As defection rumour trails former speaker
By Ozioruva Aliu & Omeiza Ajayi

ABUJA—FOLLOWING the official kick-off of campaigns for the September 21 governorship election in Edo State, candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Monday Okpebholo, has assured the people of an issue-based campaign, saying if elected, his administration would be a complete departure from Governor Godwin Obaseki’s regime.

In a statement by his Media Office, Okpebholo promised not to disappoint or deceive Edo people, saying key issues affecting Edo people would form the thrust of his administration when elected as governor of the Heartbeat State.

He listed quality and affordable healthcare, affordable and quality education, road infrastructure, security, food security, social welfare programmes, housing, ICT, agriculture, among others as key areas that will be addressed during the campaigns.

The leading candidate assured that unlike other candidates who have no visible track records of providing services to the people, he will rely on his vast experience to make Edo State the new economic powerhouse in Nigeria.

Okpebholo revealed that following his intervention and that of the leader of the APC in Edo State, Senator Adams Oshiomhole, contractors have returned to federal roads to complete projects abandoned by previous federal administrations in the country.

He said with the massive ongoing federal government interventions across the state, more will be brought in when the APC is elected to take over the affairs of the state and collaborate with the government at the centre.

Urging his supporters to focus on issues-based campaigns, Okpebholo promised to carry everyone along and ensure that no segment of the state is marginalised, especially traditional institutions that he alleged had been repeatedly disdained by the Obaseki-led government.

His word: “As the campaigns kick off, I urge our supporters to remain calm and focused. They should not allow anyone to provoke them. I am assuring them we will win this election and take over the state on November 12 this year, when the current anti-people regime would have left office.

“My running mate, Dennis Idahosa and I, alongside with other party faithful, will be speaking with the people directly during the campaigns. We will address their concerns and leave no stone unturned.

“We will not lie to the people or deceive them. Our word will be our bond. We will address their concerns and ensure that everyone is carried along. We will talk to our people directly and give them reasons they should give us a chance to serve them. We have done it before. We will do it again.

“The good thing is that my running mate and I have contested and won elections before. We are currently members of the National Assembly. Those trying to challenge us are baby politicians who believe that speaking fine English will translate to victory. We will teach them a lesson they will not forget on Election Day.”

“Our traditional institutions have been messed up. The Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo Oba Ewuare II and other Royal Fathers will be held in high esteem, unlike the Peoples Democratic Party’s PDP disrespectful arrogance towards our traditional institutions.”

APC cautions members opposing new entrants

Okpebholo spoke as Edo State chapter of the APC cautioned its members against moves to resist people’s plan to join the party.

The caution was in reaction to a letter written by the leadership of the party in Ward 6, Akoko-Edo LGA in which the leaders urged the party not to re-admit former Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Kabiru Adjoto.

The leaders of his ward in the letter accused Adjoto of betraying his benefactor, Sen Adams Oshiomhole and that he has also fallen out with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the area.

The protest against Adjoto came a few days after a similar protest was held in Etsako West LGA against the purported return of former Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu to the APC.

Defection rumour mere speculation —Adjoto

Contacted, Adjoto told Vanguard on phone that the rumour was a mere speculation. “It is just speculation and perhaps a wishful thought. It is just a busybody because before anybody can write a letter, the person should be sure of what he or she is trying to defend or oppose. It amounts to a busybody and it is a non-issue. Where there is no demand, there won’t be supply. It is only when there is a demand that there will be supply, if there is no demand and you are supplying, will that not amount to nothing?” he asked.