Governor Godwin Obaseki is one of the major contenders in the Edo state governorship election coming up on Saturday, September 19.
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While the governor is seeking re-election for the second term, 13 other candidates including that of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, are interested in unseating him.
Ahead of the much-talked-about election, Legit.ng provides some important facts about Governor Obaseki as he seeks to get second term mandate.
1. Godwin Obaseki is the third child of Late Pa Roland Obaseki and Gbinigie of Owina Street, Ogbelaka Quarters, Benin City.
2. For his primary education, Obaseki went to St. Matthews Anglican primary school, Benin city. His secondary education was at Eghosa Anglican Grammar school, Benin city.
3. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from the University of Ibadan and further bagged an MBA in Finance and International Business from the Columbia University and Pace University in New York.
4. Obaseki began his career as a stockbroker with Capital Trust Brokers Limited in 1983.
5. He was the founding secretary of a New York-based US Africa Chamber of Commerce in 1992, which promoted US organisations doing business in Africa.
6. He also served as an executive board member of several private companies including Afrinvest, Dorman Long Engineering Limited, Pillar Oil Limited, Seric Impianti International Limited.
7. Obaseki served as the chairman of the Edo State Economic and Strategy Team, which was inaugurated by Governor Adams Oshiomole in March 2009.
8. In 2016, Obaseki succeeded Oshiomhole as the governor of Edo State on the platform of the APC.
9. Following a political clash with some APC stakeholders including Oshiomhole, Obaseki was disqualified from participating in the party's governorship primaries in 2018.
10. Focused on seeking the second term in office, Obaseki in June 2019 left the APC for the PDP where he was subsequently elected as the party's governorship candidate.
Meanwhile, the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has predicted the outcome of the Edo governorship poll.
Governor Wike said if the police were able to prevent political thugs from playing a role during the governorship election, the APC would be “beaten silly.”
Wike who is the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign council on Edo governorship election, said despite the assurances of Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police (IGP), the electorate in Edo should be vigilant of any malpractice.
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