A foreign based socio-political pressure group, “Edo Diaspora Front of UK” has felicitated with the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philipp Shaiubu, on their emergence as the PDP flag bearers in the forthcoming Edo State gubernatorial election.

The group, in a solidarity walk round the streets of the Nigeria High Commission in London, commended Governor Obaseki for his strides and irrevocable commitment to advancing peace and good governance in Edo State.

The Coordinator of the group, Comrade Jolly Iguodala, said the peaceful walk tagged “Thank You Obaseki For Liberating Edo People From The Shackle Of Darkness”, was in solidarity with Obaseki for his giant developmental paradigm of Edo State and to express the gratitude of the group to PDP for the waiver granted the Governor to contest the party’s primary election shortly after he left the APC.

Comrade Iguodala, a one time President, Student’s Union Government, SUG, Delta State University, Abraka, called for massive support for Obaseki to finish strong, by reelecting him as Governor in the September 19 governorship election in Edo State.


He explained that the re-elections of the duo of Obaseki and Shiaubu would further consolidate the achievements recorded in the first tenure of their administration, stressing that Edo State was in safe hands under Godwin Obaseki.

The former SUG President emphasized that the new lease of life and social harmony, peace and tranquillity occasioned by the total eradication of miscreants and street urchins in Edo State was worthy of collective admiration of the people, saying “the accelerated development through state-of-the-art infrastructure were innovation not seen in the heartbeat state for some time now”.

Comrade Iguodala said the Edos in diaspora were happy with Obaseki over the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium project, the Ossiomo power project, the state-of-the-art Information Technology hubs, Upgrade of Edo Technical College, Edo industrial hub, remodeling and completion of Edo state Secretariat Building abandoned during the era of late Ogbemudia and the renovation of over 250 schools in the state.

The group also commended the Governor for his Human Capital Resource Development Programs through provision of computers and iPads for school teachers, students and other stakeholders in Edo State, training and retraining of teachers, research grants and improved funding of tertiary institutions in the state as well as the setting up of a Maintenance Agency for Government projects.

Continuing, he stressed “we of the Edo Diaspora Front of UK are calling on Governor Obaseki to ignore the antics of stomach infrastructure disciples, complaining of not being carried along. What is being carried along other than to share our common patrimony? We want to reiterate that Edo money is for development of Edo State and not to be shared to a set of party faithfuls. We are willing to help Obaseki by bringing in foreign partners to invest and boost Edo local economy. This will further create jobs and enhance the wellbeing of Edo people at home”.

Comrade Iguodala, a veteran unionist and also one time President, Association of Mass Communication Students, Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi, commended the People’s Democratic Party, PDP for embracing the light the majority of Edo people saw in Obaseki.

The group expressed optimism that never again would Edo people elect corrupt leaders to manage the affairs of the state.

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