Editorial: This is the commencement of politics rather than the seizure of politics. The Governor’s version of development for and of Edo is his own and his party’s. There is no single route to Jerusalem but various routes as in Edo State. Others must not be deceived into a false of security or political compromise. They must continue the debate on which way forward and that is politics. We have only just started and we have not elected a monarch or an administrator but a politician.
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has disclosed that with the close of the legal battle, which accompanied his declaration as the governor of Edo State, he was ready to work for the state and eschew the distractions of politics.
This was at a thanksgiving service at New Covenant Gospel Church in Benin City, the Edo State Capital, where he appreciate God for his victory, and noted that he was the unlikely governorship candidate for the September 28th 2016 governorship election in Edo State, but was favoured by God to win the election.
He said, “Politics is over, at least for the next three years. I dedicate myself to working for everyone and Edo state. I call on you to pray to God that what my administration has achieved in the last eight months will be a tip of the iceberg compare to what God will use us and help us to achieve.”
The governor also expressed hope that his administration would make Edo people smile, and not regret giving him the mandate to govern the state.
“Our people have not forgotten where they come from, that is why I believe that our people will support the government to deliver on its electioneering promises to make the state great. Seeking the governorship office was not my idea as people received the vision for me, including my wife. I got confirmation from people. I thank them all and especially God for the support and the victory all the way. The campaign was tough, the primary was difficult, the economy was bad, we were in recession but God still helped us win the election,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, President of the National Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) Rev. Felix Omobude congratulated the governor for his victory, assuring him that the victory portrayed God’s stance with him.
Represented by Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Edo State Chapter, Bishop Dr. Oriname Oyonnude Kure, Omobude said the Church was behind Governor Obaseki, and would rally round him to succeed.
“God is with you on this journey. He has given you victory all round, and you must rule the people with the fear of God,” he said.