The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday at the flagging off of the governorship campaign of the candidate of the party in the September 10 governorship election in Edo state, Mr Godwin Obaseki, declared that the peoples power are behind President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that Nigerians would resist any attempt to impeach the President.
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and 21 state governors have endorsed the Edo governorship candidate of the party, Mr Godwin Obaseki and his running mate, Hon Philip Shuaibu, for the September 10 poll charging the people to vote for the continuity of the developmental strides of the out-going government of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
The campaign flag-off which was led by the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the Deputy National Chairman of the party, Segun Oni, and other leaders of the party at the state and national levels had in attendance the Imo State Governor and Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha; Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, Minister of State for Health, Osagie Ehanire serving and past lawmakers from the state and thousands of other party supporters, Adams Oshiomhole (Edo), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Simon Lalung (Plateau), Mallam Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna) and Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi), governors of Niger, Nasarawa, Jigawa, Bornu, Kwara, Oyo and Kogi were represented by their respective deputy governors.
Speaking at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium venue of the official campaign flag-off of Mr Obaseki, Oyegun eulogized Edo as one of many states in the country able to pay workers salaries noting that the Chairman of the state’s Economic and Strategy Team has been a software to the government of Oshiomhole.
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State who spoke on behalf of the APC governors congratulated Obaseki as the next governor of the state and noted that his successes are what have distinguished the state among many states.
He said, “We are here to fully endorse Godwin Obaseki as our candidate. Let me say to you that come September, we are going to win this election”.
Obaseki, in his acceptance speech, said his administration would focus on employment which would create 200,000 jobs through private sector investments in the state, expand the infrastructural development from where Oshiomhole would stop woman empowerment and others.
He added that his government will be one that is courageous and determined to build on and extend the successes of the current administration to achieve the aspirations of Edo people. He said he would see to the completion of power generation projects in the state which after conclusion would generate not less than 20 percent to the power needs of the state.
Obaseki stressed that the leadership that the people of Edo State needs is one that has the political sagacity, the managerial and intellectual experience to manage the state of affairs in difficult and precarious situations.
Obaseki who described his running mate, Hon Philip Shuaibu as a youthful, dedicated and a team player whose enthusiasm and energy will bring value to governance in the state, pledged that, “there is a lot more that still has to be done – we still have to construct thousands of kilometres of road in rural communities and farms; scores of schools still need to be renovated; we need to further strengthen our service delivery to our people by training and equipping our civil service; we need to address the issue of massive unemployment especially amongst our youths by providing sustainable jobs; we need to give our people more and better access to healthcare if fact there is still so much more to be done.”
According to him, “My sole motivation is to give back to my home state having benefited immensely from the best of education, training and discipline that my state can offer. I have trained and worked in other parts of Nigeria and abroad. I have also helped state governments grow their economies and provided strategic services for corporate bodies to grow their businesses while creating opportunities for employment and manpower development. I have no doubt that the experiences garnered in the private and public sector will help me successfully navigate the state through the current economic challenges.
“Having worked closely with the Comrade Governor, developing plans, formulating policies and programmes, and implementing same, I am deeply familiar with what has been accomplished and what has been left undone. I am familiar with successes, prospects and challenges”
Earlier, Oshiomhole challenged the candidate of the Ahmed Makarfi-led opposition PDP, Pastor Osagie Ize-iyamu and a former governor of the state, Lucky Igbinedion, to test their popularity in a road walk.
He asked Ize-Iyamu to account for the sum of N1.7 billion tax-payers’ money for erosion control at Teachers House and the dredging of Ikpoba River in Ikpoba Okha LGA of the state during the Lucky Igbinedion-led administration.
He alleged that an additional N1.9 billion was appropriated by Ize-Iyamu to dualize Okada Township Road in Ovia North East LGA which he said was completed on papers, but abandoned by the previous government.
He also challenged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to fasten their investigation in prosecuting actors involved in the Dansukigate scandal, including Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, with a view to bringing the alleged culprits to book.
Also present was the state deputy governor, Pius Odubu, and other aspirants who took part in the June 18 primary election and other members of the state executive council.