Esogban, Speaker, Ihonvbere, University Dons want Obaseki for Governor
THE Esogban of Benin Kingdom, Chief David Edebiri, says the only way for the Bini to continue to enjoy the developmental strides being witnessed in the Governor Adams Oshiomhole led APC is for the people of the kingdom to vote for Godwin Obaseki on Saturday.
He spoke at the 3rd edition of the John Mayaki Round Table with Friends with the theme “Continuity for Consolidation.”
According to him, in the history of Edo State , no elected governor has performed as Oshiomhole did, adding “Oshiomhole came to Edo State to save us. He took us from Egypt to the promise land”.
Speaking on the theme, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Dr. Justin Okonoboh, Professor Julius Ihonvbere, Prof Eddy Eragbe, and Dr. Festus Imuentinyan, agreed that there was need to build on the level of development started by Governor Oshiomhole.
It had three three discussants who critically x-rayed, reviewed and assessed Oshiomhole’s seven and a half -year tenure so far and came to the conclusion that there was need for continuity to consolidate on
the foundation led for infrastructural development.
The discussants included erudite scholars which include Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, the Secretary to Edo state Government, Prof. Eddy Erhagbe and Dr. Festus Imuetiyinya, both lecturers at the University of Benin.
The discussants, after an exhaustive historical excursion and sufficient analogy of the democratic evolvement of Edo state vis a vis Gov. Adams Oshionhole’s administration , made the following
observations and resolutions.
“That The state prior to Adams Oshiomhole’s assumption of office, was characterized with despondency and infrastructural decay. That since governance is a continuum, Adams Oshiomhole’s administration has laid the benchmark for infrastructural development in the state.
“That since the state and its people are not unmindful of the present world economic crisis nay the nation, it required the creative wizardry of a technocrat to steer the affairs of the state away from the murky economic waters.
“The Roundtable resolved as follows: Adams Oshiomhole’s administration in the face of scarce resources, has remained focused, responsible, prudent with resources. That there was therefore the need for continuity in goveranace to break away from the age long syndrome of abandonment of projects and stomach infrastructure policy that have being the bane of our nation’s democratic growth.
“That the choice of Dr. Godwin Obaseki is apt and good for the development of the state.”
According to the Convener, Mr. John Mayaki, “the question that comes to mind is – where do we go from here – after the tenure of the performing Comrade Governor? Do we continue with progress or we allow the party that has never known progress to take us to regression?
“Should we re-engage the gear to a higher speed due to the current economic realities across the globe or we resign to fate by engaging on the reverse mode – in which case, what happens to our red roofs, road construction, and channeling of drainage systems, prompt workers’ salaries and general workers welfare among other ongoing massive infrastructural works – if we change the change?
“Today, therefore, we are gathered to see reasons why we must all, in unison, vote for Continuity on Saturday, so as to consolidate our present gains by giving mandate to Mr. Godwin Obaseki and Comrade Philip Shaibu – leading the progressive continuity for a better and assured future for Edo State.
“Today’s Roundtable promises to be robust just like the first and second and the ultimate beneficiaries would be the generality of Edo people, who would in turn vote APC’s Godwin Obaseki and Philip Shaibu to continue where the Comrade Governor would draw the curtain.
“The quality of discussants today, attests to the importance of our Theme – just as they are in good stead to better enlighten the electorates on the need for us to stand up as a people and collectively protect our rich culture and values while saying that the PDP does not represent who we are and what we believe – by harkening us back to the most shameful chapters of our history and appealing to the ugliest impulse of our society.
“Let me, finally, register my sincere gratitude to the esteemed members of the press – my colleagues who have been most supportive of this initiative – The Roundtable. Their coverage of the 1st and 2nd outings was most impressive and salutary – as the impact was phenomenal. We expect this partnership to continue for our mutual good and sustainable development.
“Thank you Comrade Governor, thank you Godwin Obaseki, thank you APC – you’ve all made up my mind for me”.