The Edo State Legacy Association (ESLA) has advised voters in the state to unite and elect a credible person as the governor in the September 2024 poll. ESLA President, Mr. Odion Emon- yon, who gave the advice when he spoke with journalists at the Edo Legacy Day and End of the Year Party in Abuja, said: “I advise Edo people to look for quality leaders, like we have in this association, we have what we uphold values like honesty, generosity, hard work and above all charity and love at heart.
“When a leader has all these qualities, it will be very difficult for him to go the other way, but if you just take people on the surface or monetary influence; the qualities cannot be visible. “So, we advise Edo people to look out for people who have the interest of the masses at heart and elect them to leadership positions. “We the people from Edo call ourselves the cradle of civilization not just in Africa but in the world, so we are advising that anywhere you find yourselves, protect the name and image of Edo.”
Also speaking, Dr. Peter Orobor, the General Secretary of ESLA, said the association was aimed at uniting the Edo people either by birth or marriage in Abuja to continue to unite them and to promote the legacy of the state. “Our plan as a group is to get the manifestos of all the contestants to look at people of credible character, good pedigree and people that put the masses first before themselves. “We will look at the people that we have seen what they have done over the years not necessarily in politics alone but in their own personal endeavours.
We will check their track records to see if they put the welfare of the people first and give such people our support,’’ he said. A guest at the event, Mr. Lucky Odigie, a legal practitioner and the president, Benin Community Association (BCA), called on Edo people to shun violence, adding that the election was not a war or do or die affair. “I will advise everyone to take things the way they should be, don’t kill yourselves over any politician, because if you do that, you are going to die wrongly, you have your own life to live, they are already living their own lives.
“I will also advise that this idea of running from court to court at times when you know that obviously this person won is of no use. If you are defeated fair and square in a relatively fair election, you should admit it in the spirit of sportsmanship and see how you can work towards contesting again and contributing for the betterment of the people,” he said. Dr. Abraham Isi- bor, another guest and President, Ambrose Alli University Alumni Association, com- mended ESLA for upholding the legacies of Edo and supporting the people.
“The Edo election that is coming is very significant to those of us, Edo is a volatile state with a high rate of political participation. I will like to use this medium to conscientise the youths to do the needful by voting for individuals that will be able to rejuvenate the state. “For some time now, the news coming from that state has not been too good, so we need a leader that will be able to drive development into that state,” he said. Isibor advised youths to shun violence and called on political parties to maintain internal democracy, shun money politics so that eligible candidates would emerge.
The Director-General, Edo State Liaison Office, Abuja, Mr Festus Osaigbovo, represented by Mrs Edith Imoisili, commended the group for upholding the unity of Edo people. “We are happy to be here to celebrate our culture, to celebrate oneness and unity to move Edo forward. The governorship election is around the corner; the whole Edo people are looking for a governor that will unite all the people because we are one regardless of tribe. =“We need someone that will promote progress, production and employment, a creative and innovative person to con- tinue the unity of the state,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, Loretta Ogboro-Okor, a female aspirant in the Edo 2024 governorship race, has promised to give priority to technology, education and healthcare, if elected governor. Ms Ogboro-Okor, stated this shortly after the public declaration of her intention to contest in the Edo 2024 governorship election under the Labour Party (LP). The declaration took place at the party’s secretariat in Benin City. Ms Ogboro-Okor said that her manifesto was centred on improving the Edo people’s welfare and creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive.
“We have two big pillars, we want to improve the lives of our people and create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive. Under the first pillar, we want to look at technology, health and education. In terms of creating an enabling environment, we want to create a situation where the ease of during business in the state is 100 percent. When the ease of doing business is improved, production in the different sectors will increase,” she said. She further said that her choice of becoming an aspirant in the Edo governorship race was to increase the voices of women in the decision-making process.
“A lot of women are always at the back door, it is time we took our place in the political space. We have to be at the table, so that we can shake it. We thank all our fathers who are standing with us to bring light to the state, we are happy that our fathers are ready to support us,” she said.