President Muhammadu Buhari has described Godwin Obaseki, the governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Saturday’s election in Edo State, as a seasoned technocrat to lead.
Mr. Buhari said this at the APC’s mega campaign rally at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium on Tuesday in Benin.
“Obaseki is a seasoned technocrat and I recommend him to you so that you can continue to grow the state’s developmental stride,” the president said.
He recalled previous invitations to him by Gov. Adams Oshiomhole and applauded his several achievements in the state.
“I am grateful for inviting me to come today to identify with you. You have built schools and roads which I have seen myself,” he said.
The president said the Edo people would do well to vote for Obaseki on Sept. 10 to sustain and continue with Mr. Oshiomhole’s “good works” in the state.
He acknowledged the current economic challenges and assured the people that the nation would come out of the woods with the available human and material resources.
The president paid tributes to the late Oba Erediuwa, describing him as a foremost traditional leader with unquestionable integrity.
“I have not seen any more forthright traditional ruler,” he said.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo had on Tuesday said that President Buhari’s visit to the state would boost the party’s chances at Saturday’s governorship election.
The party chairman in the state, Anselm Ojezua, said the president’s visit would boost the party’s chances at the polls.
Mr. Ojezua, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the main bowl of the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium, in Benin, said this was in spite of the fact that the party and its candidate, Mr. Obaseki, had prepared well.
“But the president gracing the final rally will no doubt further enhance the chances of the party at the poll,’’ he said.
The chairman said the president “will not be oblivious of the fact that his visit is important being his first major governorship poll to be conducted since assumption of office on May 29, 2015.
“As for us, we have worked hard for the election, but the visit of Mr President today, Tuesday, is going to be an added advantage to us,” he said.