The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Edo State governorship election, Godwin Obaseki, has dismissed the speculation that his desire to govern the state is to serve his personal interest.
Obaseki said this on Sunday at the birthday ceremony of the Senior Pastor of Royal World Ministry, Benin, Pastor Rex Omosefe.
He explained that governance was about public service by working devotedly for the good of the people.
According to him, no matter the religion a person professes, one cannot truly claim to serve God if he fails to do all that is within his power to improve the lives of the citizens.
Obaseki said, “This is the primary reason I am in the race to be governor today – to use everything that God has given me: my time, creativity, vast network and energy, to improve the lives of our people and to better our state.
“I am offering myself not for personal gains – because I have been richly blessed by God – but out of a deep sense of duty to God and a genuine desire to serve the people of Edo State.”
The APC candidate also reiterated his vision to make the state an economic hub with his wealth of experience in financial management.
He noted that though the state was affected by the economic recession, it required a focused and experienced governor to harness its natural resources.
“For over 30 years as an investment management expert, I have helped many companies and institutions to create wealth and jobs and with your continued prayers and support, we will transform Edo State into one of the sub-nationals in Nigeria,” he added.
But the Osagie Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organisation alleged that it did not believe that Obaseki had a personal interest other than that of the governor.
The Director of Media and State Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chris Nehikhare, in a statement said, “I do not really think he has an ambition.
“I think that the ambition is being forced on him by the state governor. So, his gain is for the governor really.