Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has boasted that he would be governor again for another four years.
The Governor made the boast Friday morning, while making his acceptance remarks, after being declared winner of the People’s Democratic Party’s primary election held at the mainbowl of Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin.
The election which commenced at about 4 pm Thursday, was concluded at about 1 am Friday.
He described his emergence as the party’s standard-bearer in the September 19 governorship election in the state as triumph over retrogressive forces that have determined to hijack the state for their own selfish endeavour.
“Today, history is being made in Nigeria, because the victory we are celebrating today has been a long and strenuous walk, strenuous walk to political freedom which has culminated in my election as a flag-bearer of our great party. By the grace of God, I will be governor again for another four years.
“I wholeheartedly accept this responsibility, which has been entrusted on me by the representatives of our great party, and this responsibility will enable me to consolidate on our achievements till date, it will help me to deepen good governance in Edo State and it will help us to restore the pride of Edo people, and make the state one of the best state to live and do business in Nigeria.
“Today marks a defining moment in the political history of our State and indeed our country. Our story is one of courage in the face of protracted crisis and ultimately, a triumph over retrogressive forces that have determined to hijack our state for their own selfish endeavour.
“With today’s election, we have demonstrated again that no mountain is too high to stop the aspirations of our people that have put their faith in God, and in one accord, to make life better for the greatest numbers of our people,” he said.
The Governor, who disclosed that there were moments during the struggle when he was tempted to quit, thanked the leadership of the PDP for providing him shelter under the umbrella when he was swept into the rain by the APC.
“Let me use this opportunity to thank the chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwwal, Governor of Sokoto state, and our other colleagues, particularly Governor Nysom Wike of Rivers State, Governor Umahi of Ebonyi state, my brother, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state, and all the Excellencies and many more who are not here.
“We are eternally grateful to PDP governors, leaders of our great party particularly the national chairman, Uche Secondus, and all other members of the National Working Committee who have provided us that shelter under that large umbrella in a storm when we were pushed out.
“With your continue support, we will make Edo greater than we met it. As children of God, we will be magnanimous in victory but we will not forget that when the rains were beating us PDP provided us with the umbrella,” he said.
The PDP governorship candidate also thanked the election committee and the third of his co-aspirants who stepped down for him, noting that his emergence would not have been possible without their magnanimity.
He said: “I salute all Edo people at home and abroad, as well as our friends from other states, for standing by the believe that a better Edo state is possible, if we allow the people and not over-bearing godfathers to lead.
“I want to commend my co-aspirants. But for their sacrifices, this victory won’t have been possible. If Ken Imasuagbon have not decided to uphold the greater good, to uphold the greater ideas for greater Edo state, I will not be here sounding the way I am.”
“My brother, Engineer Gideon Ikhine, I thank you, and my younger brother Hon.Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, your decision to step down for me, I don’t really know how to appreciate it but I don’t know how to say it yet.”
“I was called and humbled by this call to action, and challenged to confront any man-made barrier that will stand in our way to progress in Edo State.”
Earlier, the primary election committee chairman and Governor of Bauchi State, Engr. Bala Mohammed, announced that out of the 2,234 delegates of the party, 2,202 were accredited for the election, but 2,024 voted.
Of these figures, Obaseki scored a total of 1,952 votes, representing 96.4 of total votes cast, while 72 votes were voided.
Mohammed further explained that since the other aspirants stepped down for Obaseki, any votes cast for them is deemed voided.
“Following the transparent and credible manner in which this primary election has been conducted and as a Chief Returning Officer, I hereby declared Governor Godwin Obaseki the winner of the primary,” he declared.
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2023: Buhari Will Give Us Guidance On Zoning, Says Gov Abiodun
Ahead of the APC National convention in February and General Elections in 2023, the Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun is confident that the President Muhammadu Buhari will give necessary guidance to ensure that equity and justice is reflected within the party’s zoning formula.
The Governor expressed this view after a visit to the President at the State House in Abuja on Friday.
He was accompanied by a broad delegation including former governor of the state, Olusegun Osoba; Chairman of the Council of Obas, Oba Babatunde Ajayi; former deputy governor, Alhaja Salimot Badru and a foremost industrialist, Chief Sulaiman Adegunwa.
Governor Abiodun who thanked the president for his recent visit to the state (where a number of projects were commissioned), equally spoke on the issue of zoning.
He noted that the party is working on a formula, which according to him will be made known after an approval by the National Executive Council.
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Again, Tinubu Returns To London Weeks After Declaring Presidential Ambition
Former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has reportedly departed Nigeria for London, the United Kingdom (UK).
Details about the trip are still sketchy but Arise TV reports that Tinubu returned to the British capital to rest and run medical checkups after months of consultations with prominent Nigerians about his presidential bid.
Recall that Tinubu returned to the country from London on October 9, 2021 after about three months of medical vacation.
During his previous visit, Tinubu was said to have undergone a knee surgery which his media office said went successful “without complication” and that he “contemplates none in the future.”
Tinubu formally confirmed that he would be running for president On January 10, 2022, shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House.
“I have informed the President of my ambition but I have not informed Nigerians yet, I am still consulting. And I have no problem consulting. And I’ve not set a parameter of limitation to the extent of how many people I will consult.
“You will soon hear. All you want to hear is the categorical declaration. You’ve gotten that truth from me that I have informed Mr President of my ambition, and you don’t expect more answers than that”, he had said.
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Sanwo-Olu Nurses Second Term Ambition As Gov
…Reveals Plans For Lagosians
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday said the people of the state are aware of what they will miss if his administration is denied a second term.
Although he did not expressly state if he will seek re-election in 2023, the governor believes it is left for the people to decide if his administration deserves another term or not.
“I think we are doing a very good job,” the governor rated his administration during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily. “If I dare say so, I think that the citizens know what it is they will be missing if they don’t let us continue to wrap up all the things we are doing.”
He added, “As we speak, we have done about two-thirds of our time – about 65.7 per cent, because we count it every day. The field is not open yet; the race has not been declared open yet. But for me, it is about ensuring that these four years that I have promised my citizens, I put every bit of my sweat into it.
“I will ask, I will consult; citizens, how do you see it? …. that’s how you get it down. Keep your focus on, try and finish very strong. You know when it is time for us to do all the politicking, we will do it.”
Governor Sanwo-Olu also spoke about the efforts being made by his administration to address the gridlock on Lagos roads.
Following the purchase of two new sets of 10 cars Talgo 330kmph trains for its red line rail project, he revealed that the coaches would be on track by the fourth quarter of the year.
According to the governor, the terminal stations will be ready by the set target but transporting passengers may commence next year.
He attributed the possible delay to proper testing of the trains and training of workers, to ensure the safety of passengers.
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