Godwin Obaseki, a Governorship aspirant under the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo, has appealed for issue-based campaign ahead of the September 10th governorship poll in the state.

Obaseki who made the appeal while fielding questions from newsmen in Benin on Saturday, said that campaign of hatred would only heat up the polity.

The aspirant, who is currently the chairman of the state economic team, assured that his campaign would be issue-based and devoid of hatred.

He said his ambition to become the governor of Edo was driven by his strong desire and commitment to develop the state as well as empower women and youths.

He said that there was the need for “a leadership with fresh and original ideas to help us face these challenges, so that we can build on the successes of the Oshiomhole-led administration”.

He therefore called on professionals and indigenes of the state within and outside the country to join hands in the quest to improve the economy of the people.

Obaseki said he has supported the governor in diverse ways to build and reconstruct the state which according to him was “vandalized and almost dislocated by previous administrations”.

“However, the Edo project is still work in progress and we are now in the most delicate part of the journey; we cannot afford any reversal in the achievements we have made today. There are a lot more we still need to do; we still have to construct thousands of kilometres of road into our rural communities and into farms. We still need to improve our school infrastructure. We need to further strengthen our service delivery to our people; we need to address the unemployment problem which is facing us.

It will be a huge risk for all of us if we reverse political powers to those who lack the deep understanding of how we got to where we are and how we have achieved what we have achieved and how we will make the link between what we have achieved and our future. If we make the mistake of giving power to such people we will go back and suffer more than we have ever suffered before. By the grace of God that will never happen in Edo.

The knowledge I have gained in the last seven and half years have put me in a unique position to understand what is required to take Edo to the next level,” Obaseki said.

The New Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the APC national secretariat has fixed June 18th for the Edo governorship primaries.

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