In less than a fortnight since assuming office as Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has made a quick u-turn to say his administration will begin a review of the campaign promises he made before his September 26 electoral victory.
Obaseki made the disclosure in Benin during a meeting with leadership of the Edo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Amongst other excuses the newly sworn in governor gave for reneging on his campaign promises, was that the state lacked enough resources to cater to the said promises.
Obaseki’s claim that the state was lacking enough resources may, however, be an indication that his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, had emptied the Edo state treasury before handing over to him.
Meanwhile, in the midst of the said scarce resources, the Edo State House of Assembly had just recently amended a Law of Pension Rights for Governors and Deputy Governors in the state that allowed a 300 million naira mansion retirement benefits for the immediate past governor, Adams Oshiomhole, and his former deputy, Dr. Pius Odubu.
“I want to use this opportunity to inform you that, since we took over government last week, what we are trying to do is stock-taking to understand how things are in the Government House, to understand what is going on in each ministry, to review the promises we made during our election and to see whether the resources we have is enough to meet those promises,” Obaseki said on Friday.
“We are doing ground work and over the next three weeks, we will conclude what we are doing and then invite a much larger house.”
“This meeting is just to say thank you to the state executive and the local government executives. We will in due course involve everybody and hold another occasion to thank the leaders of the party properly for the marvelous support most of you gave during the last election,” he added.
Speaking also on the new development, Adams Oshiomhole, solicited support from members of the Edo state APC for his successor.
“I am proud of what he (Obaseki) has done so far. I know the governor is determined. He is committed and with your support, he will deliver on all the promises he made to our people,” Oshiomhole said.