By Lucky Isibor,
The Edo State Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that it intends to retain its influence in the House of Assembly, by winning all or most of the seats to sustain the programmes and policies of the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration.
Deputy Governor of the State, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu, who said this at a rally to celebrate President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the February 23 presidential election, urged members and supporters of the APC in the state, to come out en masse and vote for the party’s House of Assembly candidates.
“I urge Edo people to come out en masse on March 9, 2019, to vote for candidates of the APC to help the government consolidate on its achievement by passing bills that would enable us accomplish more for all Edo people and residents.”
Shaibu who represented Governor Obaseki at the rally, explained that “a parliament that is dominated by APC legislators will cooperate with the governor and support the people-centred programmes of the party such as infrastructural development that will grow the economy and put smiles on the faces of Edo people.”
He cited the cooperation of the current assembly with the executive arm of government, which he said has led to progress and development in the state.
On Buhari’s victory, the deputy governor said “it means freedom for Nigerians and victory for the people of Edo State who should be ready to enjoy more dividends of democracy in the state.
“The President is a friend and father of the state. We need his support in the infrastructural and economic development of the state. Our president is not partisan when it comes to the development of Nigeria and the wellbeing of Nigerians. He has helped all the states of the federation with bailout funds to enable those that were owing their workers settle salary arrears.”