Ijaws in Edo on Thursday in Benin City, endorsed the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, for re-election ahead of the September 19 gubernatorial election in the state.
The Ijaws, under the aegis of Ijaw G5, declared their support for Obaseki’s second term bid when they paid a solidarity visit to the governor at Government House, Benin City, Edo State.
Chairman of the group, Joel Aigbekumo, said that the Ijaw G5 is an umbrella body populated by the five clans of Ijaw nation across the state namely Olodiama, Egbema, Furupagha, Gharaun and Okomu, noting that the communities have pledged to support and vote for the governor in the election.
According to him, “We have resolved to work for the actualisation of the reelection of Obaseki and Shaibu come September 19. We have put in place various measures to actualise this laudable project, ranging from holding strategic meetings with stakeholders and spreading the message of your reelection to all the nooks and crannies of various local government areas.”
He debunked the rumour that the group adopted the candidate of the main opposition party, noting that they are not sure if he is qualified to run for the election.
In his remark, Obaseki commended the group for endorsing him, noting that their support means a lot to him.
“You do not know the implication of your endorsement. I understand what you people are going through. God has revealed it to me that you people will be part of those to benefit more in my second term. I will continue the construction of Ekehuan Road as soon as the dry season starts. If the road is not motorable, you people won’t have access to the city, so it is a priority.”
On the Benin River Port, he said, “I need your support to construct the Benin River Port. When we finish the construction of the port, it will help to eradicate poverty. The port will provide more job opportunities for our people. This endorsement means we are going to work together to develop our state.
“I must build that port and construct the Ekehuan Road before the end of the second term. I must bring electricity to you and build schools. All of these developments will help solve the crisis in the area,” he said.