Ahead of the contestation for 2020 governorship election in Edo State, the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NUTRW, has given reasons why some politicians are angry with Governor Godwin Obaseki. The State Chairman of union, Mr. Odion Olaye, said the refusal of the State governor to squander the goodwill of the people on them
Ahead of the contestation for 2020 governorship election in Edo State, the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NUTRW, has given reasons why some politicians are angry with Governor Godwin Obaseki.
The State Chairman of union, Mr. Odion Olaye, said the refusal of the State governor to squander the goodwill of the people on them at the expense of development.
According to him, “The goodwill cannot be squandered. He has increased IGR for the 18 Local Government Areas has led to prompt payment of salaries and arrears”.
He said the massive road network done by the Obaseki led government was beneficial to the drivers informed the reason for supporting his re-election bid.
“We live in Edo and we see the developmental strides of Obaseki. We are with him. The working class of the State is with Obaseki, he said.
He however did not mention the names of the greedy politicians attempting to sabotage the Governor’s effort.
Olaye revealed this when the Nigeria Labour Congress, National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) National Butchers Union, market women, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) youths and students held a rally to endorse him for second term.
In his response, governor Godwin Obaseki, said he was not oblivious of the intolerance and aggression of unnamed individuals that are bent on distracting him.
He was represented by State’s Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Paul Ohonbamu when the train berth at weekend in Government House in Benin City.
Obaseki has warned political detractors not to mistake his humane disposition for weakness.
He promised he would respond to opponents of second term with positive works, “never again will the food of the children be given to the dogs”.
Obaseki stated that he has worked hard to fulfil the social contract he entered with the people in 2016 and that efforts were ongoing to industrialize the State.
“He wants to create an alternate society where honour will be given to men and women who deserve it and not those who bought them.
“That is the society he wants to create where there will not be primitive accumulation. Where there will not be wastage.
“Obaseki believes that the wealth of a state is not measured by the opulence of rulers of that state but the productivity of the people of the state. People are not comfortable with the process he is adopting.
“The process of changing the fortunes of Edo people is being opposed. It is a system that can create winners and losers in the political arena and economy market place.
“They are not comfortable because the type of politics Obaseki is playing is too sophisticated for them.
“Obaseki has said he will continue to be an agent of the people. You must see the government as your agent to do that which you desire in line with legitimate expectation.
“Those who threatened that they will let hell loose, I want to tell them that no governor is a weakling. Every governor can sting, every governor can strike. We are fortunate to have a governor who is an unwilling serpent.
“This fight is not Obaseki’s fight. The people put him there. He has the legitimate votes from the people and he cannot betray the trust”; he said.
Earlier, Comrade Barry Osayande who spoke on behalf of the the State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, said they were satisfied with the performance of Obaseki.
Our Correspondent reports that two factions of NULGE leadership in the State led by Comrade Lazarus Adorolo and Comrade Gideon Akpata were in agreement in their support for Obaseki.