What Edo State Governor Oshiomhole Wants From His APC Successor

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Adams Oshiomhole, who, serving his second term as the Edo state governor, celebrates his last Christmas in this capacity, has spoke on his vision of the APC candidate who will emerge to succeed him.

Governor Oshiomhole spoke at the government house while receiving a delegation of Benin palace chiefs who paid him a courtesy visit.

“From my inner insight of what this job entails, I believe we should look for people who believe in the state and have the capacity to run it. We have the right to educate the people about the person who we think will be safe. Be rest assured that I am as concerned as yourselves because we have seen the damage which the wrong driver can do to our collective vehicle. Everything is the same, the only difference is the person who heads the government.

“May God give us a governor that will put Edo people first, that will respect the traditional institution and that will work for the unity of our people across the 192 wards,” Oshiomhole said.

“… If someone does not believe in the state, and he has power, he will help himself,” Oshiomhole said, once again stressing the importance of the ideal candidate putting Edo state residents first. He added that the second most important trait of a prospective Edo state leader is “to have the capacity to manage finances prudently because you may wish to do your best, but you cannot give what you don’t have.

“If you don’t have the brain, if you don’t have the knowledge and you don’t have the capacity, you will not be able to do it. So, we need people who can apply resources creatively.

“We haven’t solved all the problems, but we have made a lot of progress, and I am sure if the next governor will continue from where we will stop, for eight years of uninterrupted progress, I am sure that the Benin Kingdom will be wearing a complete new look,” said Oshiomhole.

John Oviasogie, the Eribo of Benin who led the delegation of traditional chiefs, lauded Governor Oshiomhole for sustainable development in the state: “What you have done in our State is something we are very proud about. You have virtually touched every place,” he said.

Oshiomhole expressed his gratitude for the visit and thanked His Royal Majesty the Oba of Benin for acceptance, and the wise counselling from the palace. “We had such a wonderful warm relationship between the government and the palace,” the governor said.

“I was at Abudu a few days ago, just to see what we are doing, and the people were so happy. We have a similar work at Igbanke; and here and there within the kingdom, we are ensuring that we spread development,” Oshiomhole continued on the topic of betterment of the state.

“Across Nigeria today, I believe that Edo state might be one of the two or three states that are able to pay salaries of December to workers before Christmas. The labour leadership came see me yesterday to thank me for ensuring the civil servants in Edo state got their salaries. So in a country where most states cannot pay, and we are not as rich as any of our neighbours. Our people have got their salaries, but our neighbours can’t, so, it shows that it is that capacity to manage,” he concluded.

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