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Edo group hails Obaseki on inclusive governance, lauds support for Agbebaku’s emergence as 8th Assembly Speaker

17 Jun 2023


…says gov has put to rest years-long marginalization of Owan people in Edo politics

An Edo-based socio-political group, Owan Patriotic Forum, has commended Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, for supporting the emergence of Rt. Hon. Blessing Agbebaku, as the Speaker of the 8th Edo State House of Assembly.

In a statement, Convener of the Owan Patriotic Forum, Chief Stephen Ohilebo, said the emergence of Rt. Hon. Agbebaku has effectively addressed the long-standing issue of marginalization faced by the Owan ethnic group in Edo State politics.

According to him, “We commend His Excellency, Governor Godwin Obaseki for supporting the emergence of the member of the Edo State House of Assembly representing Owan West, Rt. Hon. Blessing Agbebaku as Speaker of the 8th State Assembly. This development has put to rest the years-long marginalization of the Owan people in Edo politics, and as a people, we’re grateful to the Governor.

“It has further demonstrated that the Governor is a fair and just leader who has the interests of all Edo people at heart.”

Chief Ohilebo stated, “We commend the governor’s developmental strides across all sectors of the State and reassure our support for his administration's transformative reforms and programmes which have set Edo State on the path of sustainable growth and development.

He added, “The Owan Patriotic Forum strongly believes that Rt. Hon. Blessing Agbebaku will effectively steer the affairs of the 8th Edo State House of Assembly, fostering productive debates and good legislation and engendering a harmonious working relationship between the executive and the legislature to advance the development of our dear State and improve the lives of the Edo people.”

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