By Dipo Olowookere
Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Edo State governorship election, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has promised to produce not less than 100 millionaires in the state within four years if elected.
Mr Obaseki made this known on Monday during an interactive session with a group called Grassroots Youth Initiative in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of the state.
The APC candidate explained that this would be achieved through various empowerment programmes he would set up in the state if he becomes Governor of the state.
According to him, Edo State has no reason to be poor because of the huge resources in the state. He attributed the present situation in the state to bad leadership.
“We have done a research in government. I do not want to be a Governor where people fight to be senior special assistants before they can buy cars.
“I want to be a Governor that will produce 100 millionaires after four years. That is my goal, so that at the end my tenure, the people will truly lead because they will be empowered,” Mr Obaseki said at the occasion.
The governorship candidate disclosed further that, “God has blessed us in Edo. No state is like Edo. We do not have any reason to be poor; the only reason why we are poor is because of bad leadership. With good leadership, the sky is our limit.”
He also said, “The first thing I am going to emphasise in employment is to register the unemployed because we have employed a lot of people in the last eight years.”
Mr Obaseki noted that, “We are inaugurating our programme on agriculture called the anchor programme. Edo has been selected for oil palm, rubber, cassava, maize, livestock, poultry and fishery. Government is going to support all you want to do.”
He urged people of the state to support him if elected into office because “alone, I cannot do it; I need all of you to support the project to make it work, so that by the time we come here, almost everybody will be gainfully and skilfully employed.”
The gubernatorial poll is expected to hold in the state on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.