Ahead of Wednesday’s governorship election in Edo State, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has appealed to the residents to support the party in consolidating the developmental achievements recorded in the state.
Odigie-Oyegun, who made this known while briefing journalists in Benin on Sunday, noted that having witnessed massive developments during the tenure of Governor Adams Oshiomhole, it was necessary to accelerate progress by voting for the APC candidate, Godwin Obaseki.
He also said that it was unfortunate that the same persons, who allegedly failed the state in 10 years of governance – under the Peoples Democratic Party – were seeking a return to government.
He explained, “In the last 16 years of democracy in our country, our state has experienced government by two political parties. It is incontestable that compared with the first 10 years of the PDP administration, the nearly eight years of the present APC administration has witnessed tremendous growth in infrastructural and human resources development of our state.”
The former governor, who hails from the Oredo Local Government Area of the state, emphasised the need for Edo residents to set aside their personal differences and ensure that the state remained in the mainstream of politics at the centre in order to continue to attract federal presence.
Odigie-Oyegun said, “Edo State has the singular blessing of producing the current national chairman of the governing party, an advantage which should be pressed to the optimum benefit for our people.
“Your elected governor and the national chairman working together will ensure and attract the maximum federal presence to Edo State.
“Edo State must retain its position in the mainstream of national politics in order to sustain and enhance the bargaining capacity of our leaders at the national table of leadership.”