Governor Obaseki campaigns massively as he visits traditional rulers in Edo state (full breakdown)
Governor Obaseki campaigns massively as he visits traditional rulers in Edo state (full breakdown)
Governor Obaseki visits traditional rulers in Edo state
In view of the forthcoming Edo gubernatorial elections, Governor Obaseki’s has taken his campaign to the next level by visiting traditional rulers in the state. Below is a breakdown of the visits, so far.
Governor’s visit to Oba of Benin;
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, his counterparts in Sokoto and Rivers States, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and Nyesom Wike led other guests on a courtesy visit to the Palace of Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolopolo, Oba Ewuare II, on Saturday.
The governors and PDP chieftains were in Benin for the flag off of Governor Godwin Obaseki reelection campaign for the September 19 governorship poll in Edo State.
Other governors that came for the flag off were Duoye Diri of Bayelsa state, Seyi Makinde of Oyo state and Senator Bala Muhammed of Bauchi State.
Other guests at the event include Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi; National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus; Chairman of DAAR Communications, Raymond Dokpesi; Chief Tom Ikimi; Sen. Clifford Ordia and Barr. Ken Imasuagbon, among others.
The flag off of the campaign took place at the Lawn Tennis Court of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, with strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols as announced by the Federal Government and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for public gatherings.
Governor’s visit to Esan local government;
As governor Obaseki visits traditional rulers in Edo state, the traditional ruler of Ewatto Kingdom, in Esan South East Local Government Area of Edo State, His Royal Highness (HRH), Sylvanus Ikhumhen, has reassured Governor Godwin Obaseki of the unalloyed support of the Esan people in the forthcoming election in the state.
The Onojie of Ewatto, who described the governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the September poll, as the Messiah that Edo people have been waiting for, said Obaseki’s reelection will ensure continuity of his sterling performance and consolidation on good governance in the state.
Receiving the governor, his deputy, Rt. Hon. Comr. Philip Shaibu, Speaker of the Edo House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Frank Okiye and other members of the Edo PDP Campaign Council in his palace, the monarch commended Obaseki for extending his administration’s developmental projects to the community.
The Onojie said: “You don’t need to come here and campaign because we have seen your good works across the state and we are impressed. Your government doesn’t discriminate; you appointed our sons into your cabinet and we are grateful to you.
“You are the messiah that Edo people have been waiting for. We never knew that our state government can extend development to my locality.”
The monarch also applied a native chalk on the governor’s palm and that of his deputy as a sign of blessing.
On his part, Obaseki said his administration is committed to the uplift of Edo people, promising to scale up the level of development in Ewatto Community upon his reelection on September 19, 2020.
The governor reassured: “I am committed to the development of Edo people. I know you (the Onojie) are also committed to your people. My major concern is to extend development to all parts of our state.
“I will always deal with any issue affecting your kingdom with all seriousness. I understand the issue of water in Ewatto; I will work on the water system in Ewohimi to enable it supply water to this region.
“I want to tell you that the delay in the road construction work in Ewatto was due to the redesigning of the water drainage and also the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as many of our contractors had to travel back to their respective countries.”
The Ojuromi of Uromi, His Royal Highness (HRH) Anselm Aidenojie II, on Thursday received candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, and his deputy, Rt. Hon. Comr. Philip Shaibu, in his palace in Uromi, Esan North East Local Government Area of the state, and offered royal blessings for their reelection bid.
The traditional ruler, who listed the various developmental projects executed by the Obaseki-led administration in Uromi, assured the governor that Uromi people will show their appreciation with their votes on September 19.
The monarch hailed the governor for his reinstallation to the throne after he (the Ojuromi of Uromi) was suspended by the former Governor, Adams Oshiomhole.
The traditional ruler also lauded Obaseki for the love shown to Esan people through various political appointments, especially for the role played to ensure their son, Frank Okiye, was elected Speaker of Edo House of Assembly (EDHA).
“You have tarred 10 roads in Uromi and brought the College of Agriculture, water and other developmental projects to our land. The only way to thank you for the development of Uromi is through the effective use of our Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs). I believe God will always win in your case,” the Ojuromi of Uromi said.
On his part, Obaseki thanked the Esan people for their support and love for his administration, adding, “We can’t underplay the role of Uromi in the political development of the state and Nigeria at large.”
Reaffirming his administration’s commitment to bring more developmental projects to the area, the governor said: “I will leave with you a 30-year development plan that successive administrations will follow, to develop Uromi.
“I am happy we have been able to restore water supply to the area and we will sustain it. The education of our children is special to us and we appeal that you prevail on your people to take education seriously. Before the end of the year, we will ensure we upgrade Ahojie Stadium. The cassavita factory will be given attention as investment has gone around the area to support farmers.”
“Our government is open to all Edo people, not a few who would want to milk Edo dry. We appeal to you to help free Edo State,” he added.
The traditional ruler later decorated the governor, his deputy and Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly (EDHA), Rt. Hon. Frank Okiye with the Igbulu attire (popular among Esan people), to express his appreciation for the administration’s developmental projects in the area and love for Esan people.
The Igbulu is a special traditional attire in Esan land, which connotes royal blessings and prayers.
The Governor also visited Igueben where he drew a massive crowd as he campaigned with his good works.
Speaking during the ward-to-ward campaign rally in Edo Central Senatorial District, former minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Tom Ikimi, urged the people to support the re-election of Obaseki and his deputy, Rt. Hon. Comr. Philip Shaibu to enable them continue with their administration’s life-changing projects in the area.
Ikimi, who hails from Igueben, charged eligible voters in the locality to key into the vision of the administration in order to take full control of what he called “the Esan Agenda”, noting that it can only be realised if the people are united and speak with one voice.
According to Ikimi, fondly called the lion (Oduma) of Igueben, “Esan people are now united. We have what we call ‘the Esan Agenda’. We can only realise the agenda if we support Governor Godwin Obaseki for a second term.
“Yesterday, I went through a list of 14 projects that have been successfully completed by this government in Igueben. I am impressed. We want to clear all the votes. We must get 99.9 per cent. Money cannot buy Igueben people.”
“We are supporters of Governor Godwin Obaseki. We believe in him,” he added.
Governor’s visit to Etsako local governments;
Speaking at the palace of the Oliola of Anegbette in Etsako Central Local Government Area of the state, His Royal Highness (HRH) Ugbodaga Yakubu, Governor Obaseki said he had come to seek prayers and support ahead of the election, as he did for his first term.
According to him, “My visit to your palace is part of my electioneering campaign. This place is a traditional place for me. You adopted me during my first electioneering campaign. You gave me your royal blessings and I won in the election. I am here again to seek your blessings and support.
“I want to assure you that Anegbette will receive more developmental projects in my second term, despite the current economic challenges across the world.”
When his campaign trail hits Wards 9 and 10 in Anegbette, the governor said: “We have built a power plant in Benin City and will replicate the same here. Without roads, electricity and good industries, it will be difficult to develop our state. Our government is all about development and that is what we have done in the last three years and eight months.”
Governor’s visit to Akoko-edo local government;
The traditional ruler of Igarra Kingdom in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State, Oba Emmanuel Saiki, says the chances of Governor Godwin Obaseki, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, winning the September 19 election are high.
The Oba made the remark on Monday when the governor led other members of the PDP campaign team on a courtesy visit to the traditional rulers from the various clans at Igarra, the administrative headquarters of Akoko-Edo Local Government Area.
Oba Saiki, who expressed concern over electoral violence, urged politicians to eschew violence and ensure a peaceful election.
“We know that you will win. We have said no to electoral violence. We wish to advise our politicians to shun electoral violence because it does not pay,” he said.
He lauded the governor for taking proactive steps in curtailing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
As Governor Obaseki visits traditional rulers in Edo state, he solicited support and prayers to emerge victorious in the election in order to build on numerous achievements.
“Your prayers since the past four years, Your Highnesses, brought about radical revolution in my administration. You will not be disappointed. I want to assure you that we will always be there for you,” Obaseki said.
Governor’s visit to Owan local government;
In continuation of his campaign tour of Owan East Local government area, Obaseki assured that he would prioritise the construction of Agbede – Warrake – Ivbiaro road, if re-elected Obaseki gave the assurance when he led the campaign team to the palace of Ivbiaro community, His Royal Highness (HRH), Salifu Elabor.
He said: “Let’s start by thanking you for your prayers in the last four years which was helpful. I am very grateful because you have helped me to maintain peace in your area. “But on our part as government, we have been able to make use of the resources available to us.
But I want to assure you that if I win in the forthcoming gubernatorial election, I will prioritise the construction of Agbede – Warrake – Ivbiaro road.’’ The Ivbiaro monarch, Salifu Elabor, said that they were delighted to receive the governor and his campaign team in his palace. “Your excellency, you will recall that Owan East local government voted for you massively and we assure you of doing same in this forthcoming election.
Your reforms in education, health and other developmental strides earned the name “Wake and see governor”, we commend you for extending development to my community.’’
Also, in Agbede, Etsako West Local Government Area, Obaseki asked the leaders and residents to provide his administration with 10 hectares of land where a trailer park will be constructed to improve economic activities in the area.