Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, affirmed his loyalty to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in light of his quest to seek re-election as governor of the state.
While addressing members of the Obaseki Mandate Group FCT, in Abuja, he said his supporters had offered to pay for his expression of interest and nomination forms “on any platform he chooses” but that his choice remains the APC platform which brough him to political limelight.
“I have chosen the party that brought me in the first place–the APC. No matter the challenges, I will run on the platform of my party. And I’m sure by the grace of God, I will overcome.”
On the Primary election, Obaseki said “I’m not saying I won’t have contestants, of course, democracy is about contestations. Tell me what you want to do for the people, and I will tell you what I can do. Tell me what you have done for the people and I will also tell the people what I have done for them and the people will make a choice, that is what democracy is about, that is what our democracy should be.”
He noted that his desire for seeking a re-election was built on the determination to restore Edo State to its pride of place. Obaseki said there were very few political structures and kingdoms in Africa that had survived for over six hundred years like the Benin Kingdom. He noted that when he assumed office, Edo youths were mainly interested in leaving the state at all cost even if it meant taking very hazardous trips across the Sahara to get somewhere.
He said, “Edo became the human trafficking capital of the continent because we had lost hope, our leadership had failed us. They’ve not only failed us, they have also started to fail subsequent generations and that is our mandate to stop this trend, that is what we promised, because we are all products of a system that was great, so we have no reason, no right not to give back what we got. It took a while; it has taken two generations of decay but we knew that it will not take a decade to fix.