My Reelection Has Restored Confidence In Democracy, Says Obaseki

Governor Obaseki believes his reelection is a good sign for Nigeria’s democracy.


Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State believes his reelection is a reference point in Nigeria’s history and has restored confidence in the country’s democracy. 

“What you, my dear people of Edo State, achieved on September 19 is the restoration of confidence in democracy and its institutions,” Obaseki said on Thursday during his inauguration for a second term in Benin City, Edo State.

“We have become a point of reference on how the will of the people can triumph in a democracy that functions properly.

“My reelection represents new hope. I see myself as a vessel in the redefinition of democracy in Nigeria and I am not unaware of the enormous responsibility this places on me.”

Time To Heal

For Obaseki, the task of making Edo State great again is an odious one. This, he noted, requires the contribution of every resident of the South-South state.

File photo: Governor Godwin Obaseki and his major rival in the governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, embrace each other at the palace of the Oba of Benin in Edo State on September 2, 2020.


“It is time to heal. We are kith and kin with a common destiny. Let’s stop dwelling in the past,” Obaseki noted while extending a hand of fellowship to his opponents in the September 19th Edo Governorship election.

“It time to take our common destiny in our hands and commence the odious task of making Edo great again.”

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While thanking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Edo residents for their support which ensured his reelection, Obaseki promised to improve on his performance and deliver democratic dividends to the people.

He promised to revamp the economy, tackle unemployment via the agriculture sector, and deliver quality healthcare to the people among others.

“I am encouraged by the trust you have bestowed on us and grateful for your belief in my leadership and my capacity to continue piloting the affairs of this great state,” the 63-year-old who defeated Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to win a second term, added.

A Second Term 

Obaseki was returned elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after polling the highest number of votes in the keenly-contested poll.

“That Godwin Obaseki of PDP having satisfied the requirements of the law in meeting the 25 per cent in two-third of the local government areas in the state and having a margin of lead higher than the cancelled votes is hereby declared the winner and returned elected,” Professor Rem-Rukeh, INEC Returning Officer for the poll and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Petroleum Resources, stated.

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The governor secured 307,955 of the total votes, 84,336 more votes than his closest rival Ize-Iyamu, who got 223, 619 votes.

Fourteen political parties fielded candidates to jostle for the office of the governor in the state.






Ize-Iyamu Asks Obaseki To Set Aside His Anger And Return To APC



Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has called on Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State to sheathe his sword and return to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Pastor Ize-Iyamu made the appeal on Monday in Benin City, Edo State after he emerged as the governorship candidate of the APC for the September 19, 2020 poll in the South-South State.

According to him, Governor Obaseki should “set aside his anger” and return to the APC, adding that it will be a mistake for him (Obaseki) to leave the party.

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He argued that there are bound to be issues in “every family” and that it would be bad for Obaseki to leave the APC due to some disagreements.

‘Family’ Issue

“I will like to appeal to him to return to the party,” he said. “In every family, you have disagreements; let it not be said that it was this disagreement that pushed him out.”

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2016 Edo election said he made “that mistake before and I have come to realize it was a grievous error and I would not want him as an elder brother to make the same mistake.”

Furthermore, he said Obaseki’s defection to the PDP is not the best choice, assuring that he would work with him (Obaseki) for the betterment of Edo State if he returns.

Pastor Ize-Iyamu explained that in the “APC, he (Obaseki) is recognized as a leader but in the new party you are going to, it will be difficult for them to accept you as a leader.

“It would be nice for him to come back and we are ready to work with him and all well-meaning Edo people.”

‘Atmosphere of Peace’

The APC governorship candidate called on Edo people and political parties to eschew violence during the election campaign, urging them to work in an “atmosphere of peace and love.”

He lamented that the atmosphere in the state has been tensed in the past few months which he admitted had slowed down the pace of development.

The APC also did well in conducting its primary election without violence, according to Ize-Iyamu who lauded members of the party for the peaceful exercise.

PDP ‘Energy’

Obaseki joined the PDP on Friday, June 19, 2020 after quitting the APC and had picked up his PDP membership card at the party’s secretariat in Benin City.

While addressing party officials, the governor said he automatically becomes the PDP leader in the state following his defection.

Obaseki also reiterated his commitment to providing what he described as quality leadership, adding that he is ready to lead the party to victory in the governorship election.

He noted that “the energy I see in this party is the kind of energy I require to take Edo to the level we should go to next.”

Edo Govt To Go Ahead With Teachers Assessment

The Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole

The Edo State Government has resolved to go ahead with the teachers’ assessment following a town hall meeting held to discuss the controversy surrounding the idea.

Among issues for determination were those of teachers who are unable to read, those who have exceeded the required number of years of service and are fraudulently keeping themselves there and those who are past the age of retirement.

Governor Oshiomhole, said that he was changing the exercise from competency test to assessment test, as this would enable them determine those who need training, and the type they would require; those that are qualified and those that cannot be remedied.

While they accept the option of training and retraining of teachers as a possible remedy, the Governor noted that it would be fool hardy to train unqualified teachers, knowing that they do not possess the capacity to receive and reproduce the knowledge.

Participants at the town hall meeting, in their response, threw their weight behind the assessment test, and the Governor right there appointed a former Vice Chancellor of Ambrose Alli University, Professor Dennis Agbonlahor, to chair the exercise, which he said would be conducted by non-state officials.

The teachers unions however boycotted the town hall meeting.

Oshiomhole Swears-In New Commissioner

Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has sworn in Comrade Didi Adodo as Commissioner for Establishment and Special Duties.

At the swearing in ceremony today (Monday) at the Edo State Government House, the governor apologised for the delay in bringing him into his cabinet, stating that he recognises him as a comrade who shared in his vision of repositioning the state.

The Ministry of Establishment and Special Duties is to manage Government, Labour and civil society relations.

Didi Adodo was the Commissioner for Lands, Energy and Water resources and Special Duties during Governor Oshiomhole’s first term in office.