My re-election has reunited South-South more, says Obaseki

The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has said his victory in the September 19 governorship election has
strengthened the unity among the states in the South-South.

He said this during his thank-you visit to the Akwa-Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, in Akwa Ibom State.

Obaseki said, “This election has united us in Edo State and has made us speak as one. With all the cash spent by the opposition party, look at the margin with which we defeated the opposition in the final election results. The election has further re-united us together.”

According to him, Edo and Akwa-Ibom share similar experience and have learnt from it, which helped in the victory in the state, adding, “We owe a responsibility to our people in the region to continue to deepen cooperation.”

He said the governors in the South-South would work together in resuscitating the South-South regional integration bloc of Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross-Rivers, Edo and Delta States Commission, adding that the region could no longer accept a situation where the Niger Delta Development Commission was unable to play its role.

Obaseki noted that it was time they came together as a sub-region, adding, “We can’t accept the situation where our own NDDC is not playing its role as it should. It is so because we have not come together as a region to take our fate in our hands and determine our future.”

Emmanuel, in his reaction, said, “We have rewritten the history of democracy in Nigeria. The region has rewritten the history of Nigeria through the Edo election of Saturday, September 19, 2020. The election is now a platform to negotiate the rights of the region with regard to economy and political destiny. We are happy the victory was achieved together as a region.”

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