Mr. Godwin Obaseki, the Governor-elect of Edo State, Thursday described his election as a historic victory for Edo people and for the APC.
He stated this on Thursday in Benin while giving his acceptance speech, following his declaration as winner of the September 28 governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Obaseki who said he accepted his election with great humility and abiding faith in God Almighty, added that it was a historic victory for all Edo citizens and the APC, and that “it underscores clearly your preference for the continuity and consolidation of our programmes.”
While promising not to disappoint those who voted him as governor, Obaseki said his election is a responsibility that he and his running mate, Philip Shaibu, will not take lightly.
“Our promise to build a state anchored on a productive economy that will transform and empower our citizens is sincere. We promised jobs. We promised empowerment of our citizens. We promised improved social welfare services, and a more secured state. We will strive to deliver on all of these promises. As we travelled all over our great state selling our programmes, we also took note of your concerns and problems, and I want to assure you that we will do everything in our power to address them,” he said.
While expressing joy that the elections were generally peaceful with no loss of lives; Obaseki commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as well as the security agencies, for their role in maintaining peace and order during the elections.
He also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, for his commitment to a new order in Nigeria, just as he acknowledged and appreciated the support received from all the APC governors and the leadership of APC.
“The elections are over; it is time to bury the hatchet and close ranks for the good of our dear state. Our state is superior to all other interests and we must, as individuals, subordinate our personal ambitions to that of the collective. Let me say that a new future beckons. I pledge to work tirelessly for the good of all Edo people, irrespective of gender, social status, ethnicity, religion or political affiliation,” Obaseki pledged.