● Promises to prioritise security, infrastructure development
Ahead of the Edo State 2024 governorship election, a former deputy speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Chief Festus Odianose Ebea, an aspirant on the platform of the All progressive Congress (APC), has promised to prioritise security, education and job creation if elected as governor of the state.
Hon Ebea, according to a statement by Ebea for Governor Media Team, stated this at the APC secretariat in Benin City on Saturday when he formally declared his intention to seek the governorship ticket of the APC ahead of the September 21, 2024 governorship election.
At the APC state party Secretariat in Benin City, the former deputy speaker of Edo State House of Assembly explained that the good people of Edo central senatorial district deserved to produce the next governor of the state, hence the reason he was declaring his intention to contest the 2024 governorship election.
Ebea said it was important to draw the attention of Edo people to the unpleasant condition of the state to enable them to choose the right person to govern the state in the next four years.
He said that after due consultation with top party leaders across the State and beyond, he decided to join the race hence he was at the State secretariat to inform the party leaders of his ambition.
On the issues of insecurity, he said: “Once you pass Aduwawa, you are on your own. You begin to stand as if any moment from now that there’s going to be war. To go through the Benin – Auchi road is a problem, and we have a governor who is saying that the road is a federal road. But I remember that when I was in the House (EDHA), I did move a motion up to the extent of making sure that there’s a connection road running from a village in Ekpoma, down to Benin City.”
Ebea, in an interview with EBEA 4 GOVERNOR MEDIA TEAM, decried the poor road network, lack of quality education as well as unemployment and inadequate security in the state and called on Edo people to support him enmass in his political enterprise.
He said he was optimistic that the APC would nominate him to fly the party’s ticket and eventually win the upcoming election in 2024.
“You can see our children are now learning on the floor in this twenty-first century. Those things will be addressed. And the areas we are strong (Agriculture), whether in cash crops or food crops, we are going to address them. Importantly the roads, both the trunk A and B roads, wether it is federal government or State government roads, we are going to listen to them, because the greatest palliative you can give to the people is to make their journey on the roads smooth, safe and prompt without endangering their lives and wasting their diesel and fuel unnecessarily and that is not good”._“`Rt Hon Ebea promised.“
On their part, some members of APC and supporters of the Rt Hon Chief Festus Odianose Ebea declared their support for him, saying he’s the right man to reform Edo State and every other vital sectors of the state.
In their separate comments, some residents of Edo state which includes Mr Edegbor precious, Omon Abraham, Cornelius Amhiegbereta etc, described the Rt Hon Chief Festus Odianose Ebea, as a Man of integrity and capacity that has the requisite political will, legislative and administrative capabilities to restore Edo State to it past glory through the provisions of basic social amenities as well as human and physical infrastructural developments, when he emerge as the governor of Edo State.
“They passionately urged the Edo State APC, to give the Rt Hon Chief Festus Odianose Ebea the party’s ticket to run for the upcoming 2024 governorship election in the state.”
The meeting had in attendance, members of the All progressive Congress and other stakeholders.