Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from 18 local government areas of Edo state have adopted Governor Godwin Obaseki, as the party’s flag-bearer for the 2020 gubernatorial election in the state.
The leaders unanimously adopted Obaseki during an enlarged meeting with the governor at Government House in Benin City, the state capital.
The development came four days after the governor and his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole traded blame over attack on Obaseki and Lagos Oba, Akiolu Rilwanu by suspected political thugs at Oshiomhole country home residence in Iyamho, Edo State.
A chieftain of the APC from Edo South Senatorial District, Rev. Michael Agharevba, moved the motion for the endorsement and adoption of the governor for a second term during the meeting at government House.
Ex-Chief Whip in the Edo State House of Assembly and a leader of the APC in Edo North, Hon Shaibu Abdullahi, seconded the motion for the adoption of governor Obaseki as the APC flagbearer in the elections next year.
The governor on the occasion presented scorecard of his administration in the past three years to the party leaders and thanked the leaders for their sacrifice and faith in his administration.
Egharevba while moving the motion commended Obaseki on his achievements as governor in the past three years.
According to him, “the governor has transformed all sectors of the state within a short time. We are solidly behind the governor and his deputy, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu for a second term.
“This is the first time somebody is speaking to our hearts and it is evident in the physical structures he is building across the State,” Egharevba said.
Also, a former council chairman and chieftain of the APC in Edo Central, Mrs. Stella Okoro, said: “When a woman carries you on her back, you are protected. We are happy for all the governor is doing.”
Earlier, Edo State Chairman of the APC, Barr Anselm Ojezua, echoed the party leaders’ support for Governor Obaseki’s second term bid.
Ojezua said the APC in Edo State has been active and remains strong as ever before, noting, “We will take those steps that will protect the integrity of the APC.