Ben Peters, Abuja
Stephen Osemwegie, a member of the Labour Party (LP) in Edo, has declared his intention to run for the governorship position of the state.
Osemwegie made the declaration during a meeting with Julius Abure, LP national chairman, at the party’s secretariat in Abuja.
He said Edo people have lacked quality leadership, and it is time “to do things differently”.
“I am here for a new day and deal for Edo state,” he said. “I have come with a direction, I have come with a new vision. Whatever we have been doing before has not worked. We cannot be doing the same thing and expecting another result.”
He said the Labour Party is the only party that has stood for the people and believes he can replicate the success of Peter Obi, the party’s presidential candidate, in Edo state.
“I’m here to basically say HIT A; I’m honest, I have integrity, I am transparent and I also have a fantastic attitude,” he said. “What we have lacked over the years have been those key things.”
He expressed dismay at the rate of unemployment in the state, adding that the people have the intellect and capacity to develop if given the opportunity.
“Unemployment is appalling, especially when you go to those under 40,” he said. “We have the intellect, energy, and capacity. Edo is Obedient.”
It should be noted that the state is currently governed by Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Obaseki won re-election for a second term in office in September 2020 and would hand over to a fresh government next year.