– Governor elect of Edo state Godwin Obaseki has said that member of PDP, APGA will be excluded from his cabinet
– Obaseki said he will not accept anyone from the opposition into his cabinet, so that there is no friction
– He said he has already started plans on how to make Edo a better place and as such a budget has been prepared
Anybody who worked against me would not be appointed into my cabinet when I take over power in November 12, says Edo state governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki.
Obaseki polled 319,483 to defeat his main rival, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who polled 253,173 in the just concluded governorship election in the state.
Speaking with newsmen in Benin City during the weekend, Obaseki, said, though he could explain the focus and vision of his administration to them, none of them would be appointed in his administration, Daily Post reports.
However, the outgoing Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, had at the inception of his administration in 2008, appointed three members of the Peoples Democratic Party into his cabinet.
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Obaseki said, “I will not accept anybody from the opposition political parties as a commissioner in my cabinet.”
The governor-elect said he would immediately form a team for the purpose of preparing the 2017 appropriation budget.
According to him, he has to prepare the budget in order to hit the ground running as he had only four weeks to present it before the House of Assembly embarks on a recess.
Obaseki, who noted that the opposition had capitalised on the protests by some pensioners prior to the governorship election, said only 700 pensioners, out of the 11,700 who retired from the state civil service, were yet to be paid.
He said, “Some people took advantage of the electioneering and tried to get at us. People had hoped that with the anxiety to win election, we would have resolved the issues.’’
Meanwhile, some members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party , PDP, brought the Edo state capital, Benin City to standstill as they trooped out in large numbers to protest what they have tagged their “Stolen Mandate”.
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In the same vein, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the recently concluded Edo state election has opened up after his loss.
Ize-Iyamu who spoke with Vanguard after his defeat by Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has now said he is committing his counterparts into the hands of God.
While thanking the people of the state for pouring out en masse to vote their choice candidate, the clergyman stated that the result of the election has brought gloom and sadness to the people of the state, but that he would not want any one to take laws into their hands.
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