Monday, January 25, 2016

UPDATES: Edo deputy governor campaign-Mercy Johnson's husband speaks

Mercy Johnson’s husband has cleared the air on news report that is campaigning for the Edo state deputy governorship post.
The Edo prince, Odi Okojie said the the campaign was kick started by “young people (youths) and students from Edo State and my local government.”
“The campaign mainly by young people (youths) and students from Edo State and my local government, is that I should vie for the position of Deputy Governor in the state. This is based on the premise that since the party zoned deputy governorship slot to Edo Central where I am originally from, I should represent various interests in the area. 
“This is a gesture I appreciate; it is a good thing for people to recognise your good work and want you to serve especially when one has been supportive without being in government.”

Speaking through a press statement made available to our reporter, he said while he would appreciate the campaign, the stressed that the deputy governorship post is not a position one campaigns for.
“I want to make it clear that the position of deputy governorship is not a position one campaigns for, the party leaders alongside members chose who flies the party’s ticket alongside the governorship candidate. However, I am available to serve in whatever capacity the party wants me to serve.  I am a loyal party member.
“Most importantly, the people of Edo State deserve much more than what they are getting from the present government. 
“Good governance is not what is seen on the pages of newspapers, good governance reflects in the lives of the governed. People of Edo State can testify themselves if they have gotten the best from the present government. The people know they got the wrong end of the stick. Good governance is not PR, it is value-adding. 
“In whatever way things swing in Edo State, I am an interested stakeholder in the happenings in my state and a visionary individual who believes good leadership coupled with youthfulness can turn the whole of Nigeria and Edo State around without unnecessary noise. I will continue to engage relevant stakeholders in Edo State regarding this matter.”

He said he will continue to help his people with or without political power as he has always done without being in government.
“I believe in the popular saying that, ‘ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.”