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Edo central should succeed Obaseki in 2024, Esan leaders insist

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Governor Godwin Obaseki

Ahead of the 2024 governorship election in Edo State, leaders of the Central Senatorial District, yesterday, charged Esan people to mobilise and reach out to other zones to ensure that the zone produces Governor Godwin Obaseki’s successor.

This followed barely 48 hours after the Supreme Court in Abuja upheld Obaseki’s victory in the September 19, 2020 governorship election.

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The call was amplified at the weekend during Esan Leadership Summit held at the country home of a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kenneth Imasuagbon in Ewohimi, Esan Central Council, where participants declared that it was the turn of Edo Central to produce Obaseki’s successor in 2024 after 40 years.

Imasuagbon said with Obaseki’s victory at the Supreme Court, the coast was now clear for Esan people to work towards actualising their quest for the governorship position in 2024.

At the summit, with the theme: Esan Leadership Questions: Matters Arising, participants brainstormed on the political future of Esan in the state.

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He noted that the gathering of Esan personalities should not only be for speech-making but an opportunity to deliberate on issues that would foster greater unity among Esan people.

“It will be deeply pleasing if this gathering marks a response to our political question. That is if this will act as a collective impulse in carrying out some brief moments for reflection.

“We must use this opportunity to demand action and to crush all negativities that might arise among us. We must bask in the Esan Hope, or better still, the Esan Unity

“Even as many today talk about the Esan agenda, what the Esan are clamouring for is the Edo State agenda of fairness, equity and justice, which will guarantee peace and development. We should emulate our sister state like Delta where power is rotated among three senatorial districts,” he stated.

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Imasuagbon explained that there was the need to reposition the zone’s political attitude, replace complacency with rededication, adding that it remained a task that must be accomplished by not only participants of the summit, but all Esan, home and abroad.

Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Marcus Onobun, charged the participants to be united and strive to do things that would promote the ideals of Esan people.

He also advised that efforts should be made to ensure that the voting population of the senatorial district was not only boosted, but eligible voters of Esan extraction across the country should come home to register so their votes would count during elections.

He commended the organisers of the summit and Imansuagbon for making his facility available to host the event for free.

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