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Gov. Adams Oshiomhole’s night of glory in Lagos, Deserves a Second Term

June 22, 2012

It was a night of glory for Edo State  Adams Oshiomhole as encomiums and appreciation were heaped on him for quality leadership, uncanny administrative acumen, vision, passion and commitment for reversing the status of Edo State as a stagnant and decaying state.

The atmosphere told the story, the narratives reinforced it and those present exuded the confidence that was evidently palpable. And the narrative is that the status of Edo State has changed in the last three and a half years in such a dramatic fashion under the Comrade Governor and everybody present, particularly, members of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) could not but thumb their chests and blow their horns with pomp and mirth; confident that they have a sellable and of course unassailable candidate for the July 14 gubernatorial election. And the evening had been set aside to interact with the Comrade Governor and be part of the process of rebuilding Edo through commitment in cash and kind to the re-election of Oshiomhole.

A cultural group, beautifully decked in brightly coloured attire complete with coral beads at the gate entertained guests as they come. The event of the night started with an opening prayer by Apostle Hayford Alile, former DG Nigeria Stock Exchange and then introduction of Adesua Oyenekwe, one of the proud daughters of Edo as the master of ceremony for the night. It was followed by the national Anthem and recognition of dignitaries with the national Leader of the ACN, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as the chairman of the occasion while Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola  SAN as the chief host.

In a welcome remark, Chairman, Finance Committee of the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole Campaign Organisation(CAOCO), Godwin Obaseki said the event was part of “a Mandate Tour for Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the Comrade Governor of Edo State , to interact with you and solicit your support as he embarks on his re-election campaign to continue in office for another four year term”.

He added that “Since he assumed office in 2008, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has lived up to his promise and vision to champion a new course in governance and development in Nigeria . With uncommon courage and commitment, he has focused on installing good governance, rebuilding dilapidated infrastructure, improving the quality of education and consequently creating the enabling environment to attract investments into production in Edo State “.

That theme of good governance, infrastructure development, revamping of the educational sector, healthcare delivery, transportation and accountable government was to recur again and again throughout the night.

When the chairman of the occasion, Tinubu, was called to the microphone thereafter, he made it clear that neither the party nor the people of Edo State would tolerate any hanky-panky game that would rob the electorate in the state like it happened in 2007 before the courts stepped in to restore the stolen mandate.

He described Oshiomhole as a “phenomenon in leadership who has reversed the 10 years of decay and retrogression by the previous administrations in the state by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and replace it with less than four years of dynamic leadership with focus, vision, determination and commitment”.

Tinubu was particularly happy that ACN governors in their various states are performing well. “As a party, we are set on an irreversible course in all our states with radical transformation; and the great dedication being shown by all our governors is a matter of pride to all of us”.

Convinced Comrade Oshiomhole, the party’s candidate will win the July 14 gubernatorial election, he warned those who are planning to rig the election or steal the mandate of the people to desist as the party will stop such people from achieving their goals.

“We know that Adams Oshiomhole will win this election. What we are raising money for is by what margin; to defend the mandate because we are facing the experts in fixing. But we are ready to fix the fixer.

“When you are looking for the masters of the art of electoral malpractices, go to the PDP. But what we want to do is to stop that by paying our agents very well and make them un-buyable.

“I know you are here because you love Adams Oshiomhole, you love ACN and you are proud of what we are doing. We have been asking for free and fair elections and we are still asking for it in Edo State . We know they are desperate, we know they will out spend us but we will outclass them”, Tinubu declared.

The governors of the CAN that were present all expressed satisfaction with the job done so far by Comrade Oshiomhole and urged those present to support the return bid generously and also for the  people of the state to vote the party and not waste them on a another party.

First to speak was Ogun State Governor Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who in his short speech described Edo electorate as very discerning set of people who know the best candidate for them.

‘I have been very impressed with what my brother has been doing in Edo State . And I am happy because the people of Edo State love him. They know those who did nothing in the state and the man who has been working for their best interest. They know those who love them and they know the pretenders in the state”, he said.

In his speech, Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN declared that Benin , the Edo State capital played very important role in his life having gone to the University of Benin where he read Law. He expressed joy that “after years of decay and neglect, the ancient city is once again bubbling with life, thanks to the efforts of Comrade Oshiomhole who has shown that governance is possible in Edo State.“

On his part, Oshiomhole said the documentary which was shown to the guests eloquently testifies to what his administration has done and is doing.

“We have demonstrated focus, courageous leadership and will to creatively apply the resources of the state to return it to the path of sustainable development. In Edo State we have restored self confidence, that the state is ours. People had given up as at the time we came on board; their votes no longer count because some people impose their will on them. But today, we are happy to announce that they are now politically overcooked vegetables.

“They have conceded that they don’t have what it takes to engage us, and that is why they are running to Abuja to seek external help, and that is why the election is important. We are here because there is still a lot to be done. If Lagos is working there is no reason why Edo should not work”, he declared.

Among the dignitaries from all walks of life that we present at the occasion include the National Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, governors of Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti, Dr Kayode Fayemi and the Deputy Governor of the State of Osun, Mrs Laoye Tomori.

Others are Chief Audu Ogbeh, Chief Tom Ikimi, national Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Senator Chris Ngige, Prof Pat Utomi, Lagos State Chairman of the party Chief Henry Ajomale, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Aremo Segun Osoba, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chief Niyi Akintola SAN, Ricky Tafa SAN, Mrs Sola David-Borha, MD/CEO of Stanbic IBTC Bank, Tee Mac, Commissioners from the ACN controlled states among others.

An elated Oshiomhole beamed with smile all through and exuded the confidence of a man whose closest challenger in a race is 100 kilometres behind him. It has been for him a night of glory in Lagos , the state which prides itself as the Centre of Excellence.

Culled from The Nation of Tuesday 19th June 2012

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