Residents of Second East Circular in Benin City trooped out in their large numbers, yesterday, to declare support for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr Goddwin Obaseki who joined Governor Adams Oshiomhole on a road walk on the new dual-carriage road.
A resident, Mr Yusuf Abdulrazak, who spoke on behalf of others, said, “we don’t encounter flooding here again. My car used to break down along this road, and I was always going to the mechanic workshop for repairs which made me spend a lot of money. Now, I don’t spend money on such repairs anymore. You must finish this work that you have started. Last week, we organised a rally at this junction here, and we danced and jubilated.
“We are all for Godwin Obaseki, his government will be a continuation of the government of Oshio Baba which gave us this beautiful road.”
Governor Oshiomhole told the residents that “this is the first time we will be having this kind of road. You have a road, you have a walkway, and you have drain underneath. It has never happened in this city before. We are going to put street lights.”
The Governor continued, “We have been listening to our opponents who are telling lies everywhere. They are saying that the Comrade and his deputy are fighting. How can we fight? We are not boxers. We are working as brothers and will continue to work as brothers. And you people must help to explain to the ordinary people that the high cost of living is not within the control of the state government. The state government has no hand in the price of foodstuff in the market. But the state government must build schools, pay teachers, must provide hospitals, must construct roads, and must provide drainage. If you watch television, you would see the kind of flooding that is taking place everywhere, but Benin is not like what it used to be like that, but because of the drainages we have done. So, you have to explain to the people.”
He noted, “By the grace of God, we want to do more roads like this in this City because we need to transform Benin completely. That is the second phase for Godwin, in addition to employment creation so that the youths will have jobs. We also need to provide for the elderly. Godwin is not coming to learn how to govern. For eight years, we worked together. Now that he has graduated, he will do better than me.”
Also speaking, the APC governorship candidate, Mr Godwin Obaseki said, “You have seen that Comrade Governor has really worked. We have constructed roads and built schools. What is left is job creation. I will bring industries. Before I can bring industries, you need to vote for me to become governor first. You have to mobilise and go from street to street, telling everybody to come out with their PVC on the day of election to vote.”
The Governor and the APC candidate went on the road walk with their wives, Iara Oshiomhole and Betsy Obaseki.
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