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Following his emergence as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the incoming election in Edo state, Governor Godwin Obaseki, has revealed how he nearly quit his re-election battle.
The Nation reports report that Obaseki revealed on Friday, June 26, that he contemplated quitting the battle for his re-election bid but support from his family, friends and colleague governors gave him the courage to fight on.
Legit.ng gathered that he also declared that he would be governor again for another four years by defeating on September 19, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Obaseki made these declarations in his acceptance speech at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin in the early hours of Friday, after emerging victorious in the indirect governorship primary election involving delegates from the 192 wards across the 18 local government areas of Edo state.
The Edo state governor, who cast his vote at 9:06 pm on Thursday, June 25, rounded off his acceptance speech at 12:29 am on Friday, June 26, noting that the PDP provided him a shelter with its large umbrella when he was drenched by heavy rain.
He said history was made with his emergence as the governorship candidate of PDP in Edo state, as his emergence would put an end to godfatherism in the state.
Obaseki expressed gratitude to the three other governorship aspirants in the party: Kenneth Imasuagbon, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama and Gideon Ikhine, who stepped down for him to be elected unopposed.
He said that contrary to insinuations that the governorship ticket cost him more than N10 billion, the three chieftains of PDP quit the race without demanding money or any form of compensation.
He said: “Today, history is being made in Nigeria. The victory we are celebrating today has been a long and strenuous walk to political freedom, which as from today, in my election as the standard-bearer of our great party (PDP), by the grace of God, I will be governor again for another four years.
“Much has been entrusted to me by the representatives of our great party, and this responsibility will enable me to consolidate on the achievements that we have made. It will enable me to deepen good governance in Edo state. It will help us to restore the pride of Edo people and make Edo one of the best states in Nigeria.
Obaseki also urged Edo residents to keep faith with him, stressing that he and his team were convinced that the state could be great again if everyone worked together.
He claimed that great achievements had been made by his administration and that greater accomplishments were still possible in the years ahead.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Obaseki of Edo got his second term ambitions on track after he emerged as the PDP candidate for the governorship election in the state.
Two aspirants, Kenneth Imasuagbon and Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, who were challenging Obaseki for the PDP ticket reportedly stepped down at the venue of the primary on Thursday, June 25.
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