Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has on Thursday described himself as a vessel in the redefinition of Nigeria’s democracy.
“I see myself as a vessel in the redefinition of democracy in Nigeria but I am not unaware that this places enormous responsibility on me,” he said in Benin City, the capital of Edo State, shortly after he was sworn into office for his second term.
Obaseki noted that in his second term, he would concentrate on developing a 30-year master plan for the development of the state.
“My administration will set a target of ensuring a defined template for development and growth in the state up till 2050.
“We have set the modalities for a 30-year development plan to provide the government with necessary tools, guidelines and milestones for development planning.
According to the governor, his victory, aside from restoring hope in democracy as a form of participatory government, has also offered an opportunity to bridge the gap between challenged past and a promising future.
“Together, as a people propelled by a common zeal in pursuit of progress and advancement, there is nothing that we cannot overcome if we have a consensus on how to move our state forward. What we need is what I call a unity template, with which to overcome our challenges,” he said.
Top dignitaries who were at the event were Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Bayelsa State Governor Duoye Diri and PDP National Chairman Uche Secondus, among others.
Obaseki thanked President Muhammadu Buhari who was represented by the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.