The Chairman, South-South Governors Forum and Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has said his Edo counterpart, Mr Godwin Obaseki, deserves a second term in office for his superlative performance in the last four years.
Okowa stated this at the flag-off of the PDP governorship campaign for the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Edo, held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City.
He said he was happy that the entire south-south zone had remained a formidable home for the PDP and urged the people of Edo to use their votes to bring Obaseki back to Government House.
The Governor noted that Obaseki was able to apply his ingenuity in attracting meaningful development to Edo in spite of the huge debt profile he inherited from his predecessor and pledged his support for the sitting Governor in his quest for another mandate.
Presenting the PDP flag to Obaseki and his deputy, Comrade Philip Shuaibu, as the candidates of the party for the September 19 election, National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, said Obaseki had done exceptionally well in the last four years.
Secondus, therefore, called on the people of Edo state to vote massively for the PDP candidates in the election to guarantee sustainable development in the state.
He noted that Edo had always been a strong hold of the PDP and reminded the people of the state of the need to use their permanent voter cards to put an end to political ‘god-fatherism’ in the state.
In his remarks, the Chairman, PDP National Campaign Council for the Edo election, Governor Nysom Wike of Rivers, implored eligible voters in the state to defend their votes.
Wike observed that Governor Obaseki had endeared himself to the people of Edo, adding that they should return him for a second tenure so that they would continue to enjoy the dividends of democracy being rolled out for them by the Governor.
He said Edo people should not allow one man to determine the collective interest of the people of the state.
In separate remarks, Governors Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State and Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, charged the Edo Governor to put his trust in God, and urged the people to cast their votes for the PDP.
In his speech, Governor Obaseki expressed appreciation to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and other PDP stakeholders that gave him the opportunity to become the flag-bearer of the party for the forthcoming governorship election in the state and promised to consolidate his achievements when re-elected.
Obaseki assured the people of the state that his second tenure would continue to address their basic challenges in the area of infrastructure and human capital development.