Majority of the audience at the gubernatorial debate organized by Channels Television between candidates in the September 10th governorship election rated the All Progressives Congress, APC candidate Godwin Obaseki as most outstanding with a clear understanding of governance and how to move Edo State forward ahead of the PDP candidate, Pastor Osagie-Ize Iyamu.
According to those present in the audience, Obaseki was the most outstanding of the four candidates in the 90-minute televised debate from Best Western Hotel, Benin City.
A member of Edo Civil society, Ogie Imade said, “He exuded confidence as he expertly responded to a series of questions ranging from how he would tackle the problem of insecurity in the state; plans to diversify and significantly boost the economy of Edo; and steps to tackle unemployment and create 200,000 jobs in four years.”
The consensus among young people who watched the debate was summed up by 21-year-old Joy Iredia, a student of the University of Benin: “Up until now I did not take much interest in politics. But listening to all the candidates speak, I was drawn in by the candidate of the APC, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, and how he kept his focus on the issues and articulated his plans to take Edo State forward, particularly the use of technology as a tool for effective governance and job creation.”
On his part, Mr. Osahon Bello, a civil servant, said, “The civil service forms the major workforce in Edo State. I align with Obaseki’s plan to restructure the civil service in order to be more efficient and productive through robust training strategies to meet the challenges of fostering strong, sustainable and balanced economic growth.
Obaseki, a renowned investment banker posited that the economic challenges confronting the state are so complex that it takes someone with a full grasp of all the issues, and practical experience in solving complex economic problems to lead the state on the path to prosperity.