The Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomole was on Monday sworn-in for a second term in office. The main bowl of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium Benin City was filled to capacity as the “Comrade Governor was sworn-in”.
The Governor first had to inspect a guard mounted by men of the Nigerian Police Force after which the policemen proceeded to honour the Governor with a parade after which the Chief Judge of the state, Cromwell Idahosa administered the oath of allegiance and oath of office on the Deputy Governor, Honourable Pius Odubu as well as Governor Adams Oshiomole.
In his speech, the Governor thanked the people of Edo State for standing by him. He also appreciated those who paid the ultimate price while in the service of the state, including his late aide, Comrade Oyerinde and the journalists who lost their lives in an accident when his campaign was flagged-off. Speaking further, the Governor said “before 2008, our politics was being manipulated by a few godfathers, the economy of the state was in shambles, our children were in schools without books, they were studying in classrooms with potholes.. Even the poor had no choice but to send their children to ill-equipped private school.. nothing seemed to be working, people were sacked without benefits being paid. That was where we were coming from. Everything they have said was impossible, we have seen that it is possible. We have now seen that what was lacking was God-fearing leadership”
Governor Oshiomole also disclosed that “when we conduct the next local government election, we will make sure that one man one vote prevails. We will also put measures in place so that Chairmen will not be able to travel out without the permission of the Governor so that they will experience the life of the people in their localities.”
The swearing-in ceremony was witnessed by Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Governors Chibuike Amaechi, Rochas Okorocha, Peter Obi, Kayode Fayemi, Rauf Aregbesola and Emmanuel Uduaghan. Fomer Governor Segun Osoba of Ogun State too was in attendance. The Niger State Governor was represented by the state’s Head of Service.