Consul-General of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Lagos, His Excellency Ingo Herbert, says he is impressed with what Governor Adams Oshiomhole has achieved in Edo State as Governor in the past eight years.
Speaking during a visit to the Governor in Benin City, Thursday, the German envoy said he hoped the next Governor will continue with the progress made in the past eight years.
According to him, “we talked about the election, and I expressed my hope that it will be peaceful, fair and transparent, and for the beneficiary to continue with the development that has started in the last years. I think from my point of view that is nice. I am quite impressed.”
He continued: “when we arrived Benin City, I was surprised because everywhere there was German colour of our national flag. I felt a very warm welcome to your state. We talked also about the achievements and challenges of Edo State, and I congratulate the Governor for what he achieved with his team here. When he leaves office in November, I hope to continue the contact.”
The Governor assured the envoy and people of the state that the September 10, governorship election will be peaceful and transparent.
According to the Governor, “our election will be peaceful. It has to be because we launched one man, one vote in this state. “Before I came in here, election rigging was taken as a given, and the big boys carried guns and scared people away and they took the ballot boxes, they would write results and tell you to go court. And I said we can defeat these guys, and we have defeated them.
“Even with their full control of the military, police, Air Force, State Security Service, with stolen funds from the NNPC, we still defeated them. They gave the money out, and we told our people, collect the money but don’t vote for them.”
He said, “so, we are looking forward to a very transparent election. We have no choice. That is our selling point, it is a lot better now.”