- The Edo state government has said Governor Godwin Obaseki cannot be distracted by divisive politics and falsehood
- The government accused a section of political actors in the state of being behind the actions
- The government says it is focused on strengthening the pillars of economic prosperity to drive development
The Edo state government has said Governor Godwin Obaseki cannot be distracted by divisive politics and falsehood being propagated by a section of political actors in the state, but is focused on strengthening the pillars of economic prosperity to drive development.
In a statement sent to journalists by the secretary to the state government, Osarodion Ogie Esq., the Edo government urged members of the public to disregard insinuations of a ruckus in the state chapter of the All Progress Congress (APC).
The government noted that those spreading the rumours are out to “distract the government from delivering the dividends of democracy, throw spanner in the works and profit from the resulting crisis.”
His words: “The governor conveys his heartfelt appreciation to Edo people for the sturdy support they gave to his able, dependable and very competent Deputy, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu and other government functionaries during his vacation.
“Although it is not our style to dissipate our creative energy to comment on fake news, however, as a responsible and responsive government, we owe millions of our supporters the true position regarding developments within our government and the state chapter of our party, the APC.
“The tactic of crying wolf where there is none is prevalent among a small, dishonourable segment of our political class, and their sole aim is to distract the government from delivering the dividends of democracy, throw spanner in the works and profit from the resulting crisis.
“But their pedestrian strategy has proven ineffective and insufficient to sway Edo people, whose daily rating of Governor Obaseki is at an all-time high. As a government, our focus and commitment is to strengthen the pillars of growth and development across all sectors of the state and in the three senatorial districts, and we cannot be distracted by irresponsible, concocted stories and contrived controversy that have no place in actual existence.”
Governor Obaseki recently presented his administration’s scorecard to people of the state, with assurances of better days ahead.
Speaking at a summit in Benin as part of activities to mark his second anniversary in office, the governor said his administration was enhancing confidence in leadership, governance and government.
Obaseki said that with the support of President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC, the Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare 11, as well as the good people of Edo, his administration had achieved a lot of transformation and reforms in many sectors of governance.
The governor said his administration had holistically transformed the education sector, putting in place a framework that had brought about institutional transformation in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions.
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