By Ikhili Ebalu, Benin City
The Edo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress formally inaugurated its Campaign Council for the Sept. 19 Governorship election on Wednesday in Benin City and gave assurances to its supporters that the party is on its way to a comprehensive victory at the polls.
The Chairman of the State Chapter, Colonel David Imuse (Rtd.), who inaugurated the Campaign Council announced the appointment of General Cecil Esekhaigbe as the Director-General of the Campaign Council; Chief Lucky Imansuen, a former Deputy Governor of the State, as the Deputy Director-General; a former member of the House of Representatives, Hon Pally Iriase, as Secretary.
Colonel Imuse said the task of rescuing Edo State from an “irresponsible set of plunderers” is a task that must be embraced by all, while also charging all appointed members to give their all to the objective of delivering Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Hon. Mallam Gani Audu at the polls.
The Campaign Council has 19 sub-committees which, according to the State party chairman, was carefully selected to eject incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki from the Edo State Government House for allegedly shutting down tertiary institutions in the state and abandoning infrastructural and human capital development projects while spending billions of naira to purchase a ticket in the opposition PDP.
In his acceptance speech, the Director-General, General Cecil Esekhaigbe said their task is already halfway achieved because the party’s candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, possesses an impeccable record of achievement which distinguishes from the incumbent Governor who, according to him, has demonstrated gross incompetence in office.
He said they are well motivated to take the campaign to the grassroots to further acquaint the people of Edo State with the SIMPLE agenda manifesto of the candidate and the various plans he has to move the State forward.
On his part, the candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, expressed satisfaction as the composition of the Campaign Council and assured party members that the council parades the ‘first eleven team’ capable of defeating the opposition and securing the victory of the APC.
He urged other members who do not hold positions in the council not to feel neglected or unacknowledged because the council has the mandate to drive the Campaign using the strengths of all members of the party and residents of the State.