Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, have been sworn in for a second term in office.
The inauguration took place at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, the state capital on Thursday.
Speaking at the ceremony shortly after the Chief Judge of the State administered the Oath of Office on him and his deputy around 12 noon, Obaseki promised to consolidate on his first-term achievements.
“We will also rapidly develop our critical energy, housing, digital and road Infrastructure, which provides a framework to drive inclusive growth as well as build the economy and drive industrialisation, trade and investment, to solidify our state’s status as the choice investment destination in the country,” he said.
“We will preserve the environment and public utilities, to make our state more functional and adapt to the challenges of climate change and rural-urban migration.
“Our major drive will be the clean and green Edo initiative and sustaining our campaign to plant trees and restore the forest.”
The governor hailed Edo voters for reposing their confidence in him.
Governors of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) including Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, and Duoye Diri of Bayelsa State were in attendance.
PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, was also present at the event with some other party officials.
Obaseki was elected for his first term under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
But in June 2020, he defected to the PDP after the APC disqualified him from contesting in the party’s primary election.
After his defection, the PDP gave the governor the party’s ticket and he won the September 19, 2020, governorship election in the state.