By Cosmas Enahoro (Edo Correspondent)
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Edo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki has received the endorsement of Edo North traditional rulers.
The traditional ruler of Agenebode, His Royal Highness (HRH), George Egabor, and the traditional ruler of Weppa Clan, His Royal Highness, Moses Akpamuka Etsu, both in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State were among several traditional rulers to back Governor Godwin Obaseki and Phillip Shaibu.
The PDP candidate was endorsed because of his financial dexterity, academic and professional qualifications, record in private and elected offices and commitment to issues affecting the good people of Edo State, including infrastructure, health care, education and economic diversification.
“You have had the ability of keeping public funds even before your visit to my palace to seek election for your first tenure. I wasn’t a magician when I said to you then that you were going to win. But your good financial pedigree in keeping public funds stands you out. We commend you for the successful management of the state’s resources. You have done more with less resources’’ Egabor said while receiving the governor and the PDP gubernatorial campaign team in his palace.
The traditional ruler praised Obaseki for renovating the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.
“I commend you for the renovation of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium and the commencement of the Edo Modular refinery. As you seek re-election into office, my people and I have no choice but to endorse you.”
Governor Obaseki was also endorsed for properly financing his priorities, creating jobs for the people and pulling a lot of the residents out of poverty.
The traditional ruler of Weppa Clan said the endorsement of the governor and his deputy was as a result of the administration’s achievements in the last three years and eight months.
The governor and his deputy were also conferred with chieftaincy titles. Obaseki was honoured as the ‘Ozemoya of Weppa Clan’, a man who took his people from grass to grace, while his deputy, Shaibu, was conferred the ‘Oyiatse of Weppa Clan’, a man who assists others to get to the topmost position.
The traditional ruler thanked Obaseki for assisting the Weppa Community to attain autonomous status.
‘’Governor Obaseki has performed beyond the expectations of the people and will be reelected for a second term. I am happy to receive you in my palace today; when I am happy like this, you will know that my people are happy with you.”
Responding, Obaseki promised to advance the educational system, offer opportunities to people across the state and increase the state’s amenities.
He also promised to meet the state’s pension obligations and take the lead in fast growing industries. NNL.