The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday in Benin City flagged-off its Edo State governorship campaign with several calls on the people to vote for the party’s candidate, Mr Godwin Obaseki and his running-mate, Hon Philip Shaibu in the September 10, 2016 gubernatorial election in the state.
At the campaign rally, which attracted a mammoth crowd, the National Chairman of APC, Chief John Oyegun, who commended Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for revamping Edo State with the building of infrastructure across the state, described Mr. Godwin Obaseki as the brain behind the developmental achievements of the governor, adding he is the soft-ware and Governor Oshiomhole is the hard-ware of the success.
The Chairman of the All Progressives Governors Forum, Owelle Rochas Okorocha noted again that Governor Oshiomhole built schools, roads, fought flood and erosion and hospital among others pointing out that Godwin Obaseki would do much more.
The Governors Nasir El Rufai (Kaduna) and Simon Lalong (Plateau) were among the governors that canvassed support for the APC governorship candidate as somebody that succeed Governor Oshiomhole for he had worked so well to develop the state, stressing that Edo State people voted for somebody that had worked and Edo people would still do it again for Obaseki.
In his remarks, Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole who disclosed that this was the beginning of a new chapter to present a personality that would continue from where he would stop.
In the history from Midwwest through Bendel to Edo State, Governor Oshiomhole said no government had executed developmental projects across all the local governments in the state, pointing out that what the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said was not possible, APC says it isd possible.
Noting Godwin Obaseki’s contribution to laudable developmental strides in the state, Governor Oshiomhole admitted that he is the hardware and Mr. Obaseki is the software with he made the developmental accomplishments, adding that he is resourceful and intellectual.
He observed that a governor needs a loyal deputy governor hence the choice of Hon. Philip Shaibu as the running-mate to Godwin Obaseki.
While urging Edo state people to repose confidence in President Muhammadu Buhari particularly in his fight against corruption, the Governor also thank them for supporting the APC candidate President Buhari.
Chief John Oyegun later presented the APC flag to Mr. Godwin Obaseki and received thousands of defectors from the PDP to APC.
Responding, the APC standard bearer, Mr Godwin Obaseki disclosed that he would attract industries as well as focus on agriculture through which over 200,000 jobs would be created, emphasising that Governor Oshiomhole had already laid the solid foundation for him to build on.
Mr. Obaseki, who was by his running-mate Hon. Philip Shaibu and their spouses, said he is motivated to give back to Edo State including empowering women and giving them specific training.
While assuring that he would not disappoint the people of Edo State, he also said the collective aspiration of the people would be fulfilled.
The APC leadership and the governors had earlier visited the Edaiken N ‘Uselu, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa to present APC candidate and the running-mate to him during which he described Governor Oshiomhole as the messiah of Edo state whose achievement is unparalleled.
The National Leadership of the Party had earlier inaugurated the National Campaign Council on Friday night.