- The Edo Coalition for Democracy and Freedom is happy over the recent appointment of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje
- Governor Ganduje was appointed recently by the APC to chair the party's campaign council in Edo state
- The group described Governor Ganduje as a quiet performer and bridge-builder
A coalition of 18 civil rights organisations under the auspices of Edo Coalition for Democracy and Freedom (ECDF) has commended the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) for appointing Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to head the party's campaign council in the state.
Briefing journalists after a meeting in Benin city, at the state capital on Friday, July 17, the group described the governor of Kano state as “a quiet performer and bridge-builder who has transformed one of the biggest commercial cities in Nigeria.”
The group further dismissed those critical of the governor, describing them as “a vocal minority, mischievous and ignorant lot.”
The group's coordinator, Prince Charles Osagie, said: “We commend the choice of Governor Ganduje as the chairman of Edo state APC campaign council.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to declare that 18 of us safely returned from a fact-finding mission to Kano state yesterday before embarking on this press conference.
“Part of our mission was to assess the performance of the governor of Kano. We wish to declare that we were satisfied by the level of infrastructural development we saw on the ground in that state.
“We are no more surprised as we now know why the governor was re-elected in 2019 by Kano citizens despite mounting propaganda by the opposition. We wish to say that we want such level of development replicated in Edo state by our governor-in-waiting Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
“For those who allege that the governor collected ten per cent from a so-called contractor, we wish to state that what we saw in Kano is far better than the level of development in many PDP states where democratic hypocrites preside.
“We were pleased to observe that Kano State has established a functional anti-corruption agency and became one of the pioneer members of the Open Government Partnership (OGP).”
The group called on the citizens of Edo state especially the youth to remain vigilant and not to allow themselves to be used as agents of violence and election rigging to subvert the sacred will of the people.
The ECDF also confirmed their interest in monitoring the forthcoming election to ensure strict compliance with the practice of one man, one vote.
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Meanwhile, a foremost non-governmental organisation based in Abuja, Centre for Public Trust (CPT) has commended Governor Gaduje for recently establishing the Kano state anti-corruption institute.
In a letter addressed to the governor, the group congratulated Ganduje for what it described as “a bold and novel initiative that is capable of transforming the governance landscape in the state.”
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