Mr. Godwin Obaseki, one of the leading contenders for the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming poll in Edo State, has debunked insinuations in some quarters that he is the “anointed candidate” of Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
He said that, from his assessment of his co-contestants, majority of them have what it takes to govern the state.
“I don’t know about being an anointed candidate. I know that I decided when I looked at the horizon and looked at the future. I looked at the challenges that we’re facing and we’re likely to face in the future. I felt that this is not the time to abandon ship.
“This is the time (when) people who have something to offer should stand up, and I am excited that quite a number of aspirants are people who are accomplished, who have done well in politics, in their professions or in their businesses. These are very respectable people. In other words, I have lots of respect for most of the other aspirants.
“I cannot think of one aspirant today who is not good enough to be a governor of Edo State. Who could have been my governor and, therefore, I just think that it is important to be cordial; it is important to show respect; it is important to share ideas because, at the end of the day, what is it all about?
“It is about a contestation of ideas as to who can make Edo better than Oshiomhole did,” he said.
On his plans for the state, Obaseki said that he was going to bring to bear his experience, as a man who works round the clock; in ensuring that many blue-chip businesses grow, in line with the dream of their initiators.