Ahead of the September 19 gubernatorial election in Edo state, Edo women both in and outside the State have endorsed the incumbent Governor of the ruling party in the state, Mr. Godwin Obaseki for a second term.
The women also contributed their widows mite towards the purchase of the N22.5 million APC nomination form to enable the governor realize his second term ambition.
Disclosing this at a press conference, Market women from the eighteen Local Government Areas of the State, a coalition of Professional Women, female teachers from across the eighteen LGAs, Female leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress and Female political office holders said, they are throwing their weight behind governor Obaseki to secure his second term because he has performed creditably well to merit his return for another four years.
Leader of the Edo Market Women Association, Madam Blacky Ogiamen, told journalists that the leadership of market women association from the 18 local government areas of the state have agreed that Obaseki has performed more than they expected.
According to her, “We want to appreciate Governor Godwin Obaseki, for a job well-done and before he came to power, our former Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, as the patron of the market women then, told us categorically that if given our support to become governor, Obaseki will surprise us and this is exactly what he has done in his first term.”
“We are solidly behind him; we are ready to support him for another four years. We have contributed our widow’s mite to buy his form so that he will complete his two terms as Governor of Edo state.”
“We have decided to join forces to ensure the re-election bid of Obaseki because he has performed beyond what former Governor Adams Oshiomhole promised us while introducing him to market women.”
“Obaseki has not in any way disappointed his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole, and since he did not disappoint Oshiomhole, God will not disappoint him”, Madam Ogiamen said.
Also endorsing Governor Obaseki for a second term in office at the gathering were the State Organising Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Dr. Mrs Aisosa Amadasun, the APC Women Leaders from the eighteen LGAs of the state and female political office holders in the state.
Dr Aisosa Amadasun said they represent the interest of all women in the APC in Edo State as well as those of the over 460 female political appointees whom the governor had appointed into office since the inception of his government over three years ago.
The Acting State Woman Leader, Mrs. Maimuna Momodu, in her address said that women had never had it this good in Edo State and that like Oliver Twist they want more, and this can only be possible if Governor Godwin Obaseki is given a second tenure.
Also a coalition of Women Professionals among them leaders and members of the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Association of Private School Proprietors, Association of Female Pharmacists, Association of Women Engineers, National Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, female leaders of the NLC and the TUC in the State, and members of the Idia College Old Students Association also threw their weight behind Governor Obaseki’s second term bid.