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Obaseki reassures Edo people of more democracy dividends

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[FILES] Obaseki. Photo/TWITTER/GOVERNOROBASEKI

• Backs gender inclusion in governance, pledges more role for women
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has reassured that his government will sustain efforts to develop the state and deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.

Obaseki, who spoke to supporters and party faithful in Benin City, solicited support and collaboration of all citizens to realise government’s vision of making Edo great again.

“I thank all of you for your various role in the September 19, 2020 gubernatorial election, which led to our victory. You voted and returned us to power for another four years.

“The election was victory for Edo people, as it shows that we can all stand together for one purpose. Politically, the election has shown that we know what we are doing and where we are going. The victory comes with a lot of responsibility, which is why we have not rushed to unveil our cabinet.”

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Obaseki said the election defined the future of politics in Nigeria, noting that his administration would continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to Edo people.

He added: “It’s time to make our political appointments. Our political arrangements now are a win-win situation; one to benefit our people. Politics in Edo is different now and my political leaders should also be my economic leaders.

Expressing confidence that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would emerge victorious in the 2023 general elections, Obaseki said the party would leverage the e-registration process to increase its membership ahead of the polls.

MEANWHILE, Obaseki has canvassed increased participation of women in governance, reassuring that his administration would continue to provide the enabling environment for more women to participate in politics.

He noted that women possess inherent leadership qualities that could provoke real and desirable changes in society, adding that his government will not marginalise women in political appointments into the new cabinet.

The governor, who addressed members and leaders of PDP in Esan Central Senatorial District, said all nominations for political appointees must include women and should be submitted latest on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

Speaking, Herberta Okonufua thanked Obaseki for his stance on the appointment of women into political positions in his administration.

“We have been concerned that women were being left out in political appointments, but we thank Governor Obaseki for changing the narrative, as he appointed women into his cabinet during his first term in office.

“We thought we would start campaigning for women in this dispensation in Edo politics, but Obaseki changed the narrative and set the template for more appointments of women into his government,” she said.

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