Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, have been sworn in for a second term in office.
According to the Punch Newspaper, the Oath of Office was administered around 12 noon by the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Esther Edigin.
The inauguration which took place on Thursday at the Tennis Court of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, had some governors of the Peoples Democratic Party in attendance. They include Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, and Duoye Diri of Bayelsa State.
Also, the National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, was present at the event with some other party officials while Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo was represented by a government official.
It would be recalled that Obaseki who defected to the PDP from the All Progressives Congress in the build to the State’s most coveted position, defeated the APC candidate in the September 19, 2020 governorship election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, to be re-elected governor of the state.
In his speech at the inauguration, Obaseki promised to consolidate on his first-term achievements.
The governor succinctly averred that “We will also rapidly develop our critical energy, housing, digital and road Infrastructure, which provides a framework to drive inclusive growth as well as build the economy and drive industrialization, trade, and investment, to solidify our state’s status as the choice investment destination in the country.
“We will preserve the environment and public utilities, to make our state more functional and adapt to the challenges of climate change and rural-urban migration. Our major drive will be the clean and green Edo initiative and sustaining our campaign to plant trees and restore the forest.”