My dear People of Edo State, my name is Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Edo governorship elections. I want you to know that I am in this race because I believe that you deserve a better life.

 

As we come out this Wednesday, September 28, 2016 to cast our vote, let us keep in mind that there are two main choices before us: the choice of going back to ‘the biblical Egypt’ – with decaying public infrastructure and looting of our commonwealth by a few greedy men; or the choice of going forward to ‘the Promised Land’ – with real, people-centered social and economic development, which the APC has offered these last eight years.

 

As Governor, I will continue the remarkable infrastructural revolution started by the current administration; I will build more roads, particularly to the rural areas; I will continue rebuilding our schools and transforming our educational and healthcare system. And more importantly, I will empower our women, youths and, indeed, all Edo citizens, with jobs so that we can be able to take care of ourselves and our families.

 

I am aware that things are difficult and tough for us today – as a result of the global economic recession and the failure of previous governments to plan for our tomorrow – and that is the more reason we cannot afford to gamble with our future.

 

But in all of these problems I see huge opportunities for us as a people! I believe that we can rise above our current challenges and make Edo a truly prosperous state for us all. What we need is a leader with the integrity, expertise and experience in solving complex economic problems and – by the grace of God – that is what I have done all my life.

 

So I am asking you to come out tomorrow to vote for me (and my party – the APC) – so that together, we can build the Edo State of Our Dreams: a modern and progressive Edo where every citizen is empowered with opportunity to live life to its fullness.

 

Finally, I want to reiterate that my ambition – or that of any person – is not worth the blood of any Edo citizen. So, I enjoin you all to eschew violence and go about the electioneering process peacefully.

 

God bless you all!

 

God bless Edo State!

 

God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

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