Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state, was yesterday sworn in alongside his deputy for another term of four years. Speaking at the event which took place inside the main bowl of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Oshiomhole called on residents of the state to partner with the government in taking Edo to the next level.
The governor was full of thanks to the people of the state for their overwhelming support and called for a refocus on people-oriented state policy.
He said, “We collectively rejected domination, bad governance, bad leadership, and undemocratic conduct in the management of our commonwealth. Collectively, we set an example and political milestone for Nigeria and Africa as we showed that it was possible to defeat negative political forces, run elections without violence, and campaign on performance and the support of all strata of the society.
He announced plans for early conduct of election into local governments and called for the elevation of capable hands in the manning of affairs at the third tier of government.
He said, “Our focus would be to ensure that qualified, committed, exposed, capable and innovative candidates that will make the required difference in the lives of the people participate.
“We need men and women that will reinvigorate the communities, deploy resources carefully and strategically, complete on-going projects, stimulate production, and initiate new realistic projects.
“This would encourage migration to the rural areas and encourage productivity at the local levels.”
Eminent Nigerians who attended the swearing-in ceremony included General Yakubu Gowon, current and past state governors, including Babatunde Fashola, Kayode Fayemi, Peter Obi, Rochas Okorocha, Rauf Aregbesola, Emmanuel Uduaghan, Rotimi Amaechi and Alhaji Aliko Dangote.
National leaders of the Action Congress of Nigeria, including Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Chief Bisi Akande, Chief Tom Ikimi and party publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, were also in attendance.