- General Yakubu Gowon has endorsed Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki's send term bid
- Gowon said Obaseki has done well in infrastructure and economic development in the state
- According to the former head of state, he should continue the good works he is doing as governor
The re-election bid of Governor Godwin Obaseki has received a major boost as former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, endorsed the governor for second term, saying that he has done exceptionally well in infrastructure and economic development in the state.
Gowon, who was in the state with his wife, Victoria Gowon, to attend the Founder’s Day celebration of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), urged the governor to continue the good work he is doing.
He said: “I was in Edo when he was elected governor of the state. I know the efforts he has contributed in the state. He should continue the good works he is doing as governor. He is doing exceptionally well.
“I am in Benin to chair the 46th Founders’ Day anniversary of the UBTH and to launch the endowment fund to improve the institution’s service delivery. My wife is also here. She unveiled the institution 46 years ago.”
On his part, Obaseki appreciated Gowon for taking a special interest in the development of Edo state, saying that establishment of UBTH and the University of Benin (UNIBEN) during his time as head of state brought immense development to the state.
The governor said: “As far back as 40 years ago, he took a special interest in Edo state. He came with his wife and unveiled federal institutions in the state. That passion and commitment is still there and he decided to come again to add more value to what he started. It is something we should be proud of and thankful about.”
Recall Legit.ng reported that the Edo state government 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.
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.”
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