OVERVIEW OF: Governor Obaseki Speaks On Quitting Politics
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has stated he joined politics so he can serve his people, most especially the youths.
According to the governor in a statement on Thursday, October 29 through his Chief Press Secretary, Crusoe Osagie, he is not in government to make money but rather to serve his people, adding that he will rather quit if he cannot serve them.
Obaseki noted that there was the need for a mechanism to be put in place to ensure transparency in government, adding that the politicians must prioritise governance to benefit the people. He reiterates that he was not in government to be famous or make money at the expense of ensuring development that would benefit the people.
“Only few persons in government are held accountable for their decisions in government,” he said.
“I am not in government to make money; I am not in government for fame. I am in government to serve. Our youths are the reasons why I am in government. If I cannot serve you, I will quit.”
“The issues of better government, proper governance and transparency are what we are emphasising. When we have younger people who can use technology in government, we will have transparency and accountability, which informed my decision to have many younger people working in my government.”
Obaseki called for a strong institution that would ensure law and order. He said, “And that is why we have the security agencies. Our security arrangement in the country must reflect our federal system as I can’t be a governor of a state and not able to hire and fire my Commissioner of Police, but #ENDSARS protests have helped us start the process.”
Meanwhile, former presidential media aide, Reno Omokri has suggested that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has lost his stronghold on the politics of Lagos State.
Omokri made the allegation as part of his reaction to the call by Desmond Elliot, a Lagos lawmaker for the government to regulate the internet and social media in Nigeria.