Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State, has said he almost abandoned his bid to seek re-election this year following his political travails.
He stated this in the light of emerging as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 19 September election.
Obaseki was elected governor on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) but decamped to the PDP after he was disqualified from contesting the ruling party’s Edo governorship primary.
The Edo State Governor admitted that he struggled at a time to think about seeking re-election due to the political challenges he endured, but said the support of his family members, friends and fellow governors helped him pull through.
He stated that he is seeking re-election because he wants to improve the life of Edo people and deepen governance in the state.
He said: “The victory we are celebrating today has been a long and strenuous walk to political freedom which, as from today, in my election as the standard-bearer of our great party, by the grace of God, I will be governor again for another four years.
“Much has been entrusted to me by the representatives of our great party, and this responsibility will enable me to consolidate on the achievements that we have made.
“It will enable me to deepen good governance in Edo State. It will help us to restore the pride of Edo people and make Edo one of the best states in Nigeria.
“…we have demonstrated again that no mountain is too high to stop the aspiration of a people that have put their faith in God and that is called by God to make life better for the greater majority of the people.
“I must admit that there was a time in this struggle when as a mere mortal, I was almost tempted to quit. But I thank God for my family, friends and my colleague governors.”
Governor Obaseki thanked Aminu Tambuwal, Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and other governors, “particularly Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and others who encouraged me to move on”.