Some Edo members of the National Assembly on Tuesday declared support for Godwin Obaseki of All Progressives Congress (APC), in the September 10th Edo governorship election.
The legislators, who came to the party secretariat in Abuja in their numbers, were led by Senator Francis Alimikhena (Edo North).
Alimikhena said even artisans in the state contributed to the purchase of Obaseki’s Expression of Interest and Nomination forms.
He said, “Of all the aspirants that had shown interest in the ticket, Obaseki is in a better position to carry on from where Governor Adams Oshiomhole stopped. He has been the chairman of the state economic team for the last eight years. He is a team player and understands the issues affecting the state at the moment.”
Hon. Parry Iriase said: “Obaseki has the blueprint to take Edo from being a civil service state to an industrialised state
Also eyeing the Edo Government House is former President of The Trade Union Congress, Peter Esele.
Esele said he would run the state based on providing quality education, agriculture and transformation of the economy.
He said Edo state could survive on the production of palm oil alone if properly harnessed, adding that about 70 percent of palm oil consumed in Nigeria was imported.
“As a former labour leader, I understand the dynamics of taking decisions that affect the people. I will first find out how Governor Oshiomhole arrived at the N25,000 minimum wage for workers in the state and decide whether to increase or sustain it,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Esele and Obaseki bring to eight, the number of aspirants that have shown interest in the Edo gubernatorial race.
The party’s primary, to chose the flagbearer, will take place on June 18th.