- Governor Obaseki has boasted of being able to secure support for his re-election bid
- Obaseki's special adviser on political matters, Osaigbovbo Iyioha, denied reports that the governor is going about soliciting support from people in the state
- Moreover, Iyioha said that the viral rumours that Obaseki is trying to reunite with Adams Oshiomhole to get his backing are false
The Edo state government has denied viral reports that Governor Godwin Obaseki is going about soliciting support from people for his second term bid.
The government said that the rumour was being spread that Obaseki has started making moves to secure Adams Oshiomhole's forgiveness so that he can get his backing ahead of the next election in the state, New Telegraph reports.
The state government said that the report is propelled by the All Progressives Congress (APC)'s national chairman and his loyalists, warning them to desist from such.
It said that the former governor of the state should not take Obaseki's gentle and peace-loving disposition for granted.
The warning was issued on behalf of the governor by Osaigbovbo Iyioha, Obaseki's special adviser on political matters (South senatorial district).
Iyioha added that the APC's moves to reunite aggrieved members in the state are yielding expected results.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Obaseki had ordered the state justice ministry and the ministry of local government and chieftaincy affairs to commence prosecution of council chairmen who were relieved of their offices over corruption allegations.
The governor said this on Thursday, January 9, at the swearing-in of a new chairman for Esan West local government area, Ruth Osahon, at the Government House in Benin city.
Legit.ng gathered that the governor warned that his administration would not turn a blind eye to corrupt practices at the local council level.
“We will not be afraid to make the right decisions where necessary,” Obaseki warned.
Obaseki urged the new chairman of Esan West local government to cooperate with relevant authorities in investigations into records of the previous chairman of the council, Patrick Aguinede, who was sacked over corruption allegations.
He added that it was disheartening that the council with so much economic activity was among councils owing backlog of workers’ salaries.
“Esan West LGA should be able to pay its workforce as it hosts a state university, which attracts a lot of business activity.
"There is no justification for why Esan West local council should not be able to collect enough revenue to pay salaries and pensions and carry out other activities as a council,” Obaseki added.
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