Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki has received the endorsement of a prominent opposition party leader in the state, Chief Dr Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, who is also a Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Africa News24 reports that the endorsement of Obaseki’s performance came when chief Igbinedion paid a courtesy visit to the governor at the Government House, in Benin City, the Edo State Capital, to invite him to the 20th anniversary celebration of Igbinedion University, Okada.
Chief Igbinedion praised Governor Obaseki in his effort to developing the state and urged him not to listen to sides talks, promising to join hands with him to defeat politics of stomach infrastructure in the state.
He encouraged the governor on his development strides, urging him to remain focused.
“Don’t listen to side talks; we will join hands with you to defeat politics of stomach infrastructure in the state.
“We see your performance. Remain focused and be silent. Just work, as the people will fight for you when the time comes,” Chief Igbinedion said, expressly pledging support for the governor in the coming elections in Edo State.
Concerning the 20th anniversary celebration of Igbinedion University, he said: “I am here to inform you that my University is 20 years old and I am inviting you to celebrate with us on Friday as we are the first private University in Nigeria.
“63 persons collected the form to establish a private University but just nine of us filled and submitted the form. It took me nine years to fight and establish the University.”
Governor Obaseki commended Chief Igbinedion on his contribution to the development of the state, especially in the area of education, media, agriculture, among others.
“You set up the most successful secondary school in the country. I am not surprised at the success made so far by your University. You are a man of ideas, and ideas rule the world. We are proud of you; hate or love you, you are an enigma and an inspiration to our generation,” he said.
Obaseki said Edo can pride itself as one of the states with the most privately-owned universities, noting, “My administration is focusing on education, as we strengthen basic education as the foundation for the development of our children.
“A revolution has begun in the state, especially at our primary school level with basic education reforms. We have excelled as a people because of the love for knowledge and we will continue to follow your example as we re-enforce basic education.”