The governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu have been sworn in for second term today, Thursday, November 12, 2020.
The oath of office was officially administered by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Esther Edigie.
This was just as the Aide-de-Camp to Governor Obaseki collapsed during his inaugural speech.
The inauguration took place at the Tennis Court of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City.
Present at the inauguration were some governors of the Peoples Democratic Party – Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and Duoye Diri of Bayelsa State.
The National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, was also at the event with some other party officials, while Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo was represented by a government official.
Obaseki was elected as the governor for second term on the platform of PDP, in the September 19, 2020 governorship election in the state.
Obaseki joined PDP from the All Progressives Congress (APC) after he was denied the ruling party’s ticket in the primary election due to intra-party wranglings.
He later defeated the APC candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and got re-elected as governor of the state.
Speaking at the inauguration, Obaseki promised to consolidate on his first-term achievements.
He said, “We will also rapidly develop our critical energy, housing, digital and road Infrastructure, which provide a framework to drive inclusive growth, as well as build the economy and drive industrialization, trade and investment, to solidify our state’s status as the choice investment destination in the country.
“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 to sustain our campaign to plant trees and restore the forest.”
In a video recording, which went viral, the governor’s ADC, who could be seen feeling uncomfortable behind him, collapsed, which made other security operatives run to be at his side to help.