Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has said that someone who believes in the State and has the capacity to manage it will emerge as candidate of the All Progressives Party (APC) and win the votes of the people as the Governor in the 2016 gubernatorial election in the State.
The Governor disclosed this while addressing Benin Palace chiefs, led by Chief John Oviasogie, the Eribo of Benin, who paid him a courtesy visit in the Government House. He said he is concerened about who will emerge as the party’s flagbearer just like any other member of the party, assuring that there will be a level-playing field for all.
Receiving the chiefs, Governor Oshiomhole said, “from my inner insight of what this job entails, I believe we should look for people who believe in the State and have the capacity to run it. We have the right to educate the people about the person whom we think will be safe. Be rest assured that I am as concerned as yourselves because we have seen the damage which the wrong driver can do to our collective vehicle. Everything is the same, the only difference is the person who heads the government. May God give us a governor that will put Edo people first, that will respect the traditional institution and that will work for the unity of our people across the 192 wards.
“As I have said repeatedly, I think all of us must work together to ensure that we have a governor who, first and foremost, believes in Benin, and who believes in the State, because if someone does not believe in the State, and he has power, he will help himself. Running a government is different from running a private enterprise. When you are working for a government, the interest is the people of the State. The second is to have the capacity to manage finances prudently because you may wish to do your best, but you cannot give what you don’t have. If you don’t have the brain, if you don’t have the knowledge and you don’t have the capacity, you will not be able to do it. So, we need people who can apply resources creatively.
“We haven’t solved all the problems, but we have made a lot of progress, and I am sure if the next governor will continue from where we will stop, for eight years of uninterrupted progress, I am sure that Benin Kingdom will be wearing a complete new look.”