Former Edo Commissioner, Kassim Afegbua Declares Gubernatorial Ambition Under APC

Nnenna Okoronkwo, Abuja

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The former Commissioner for Information in Edo State, Kassim Afegbua has declared his intention to contest in the upcoming gubernatorial election.

Making the announcement on Friday, Afegbua revealed his intent to run for the position under the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Notably, Afegbua contested the prevalent notion of a zoning arrangement for the governorship seat in Edo, emphasising that historical contests did not adhere to such arrangements.

“There has never been zoning of governorship positions in Edo State. Anyone who says that there is zoning will be missing the point altogether,” Afegbua asserted, citing instances dating back to 2007.

Political Landscape

Reflecting on Edo’s present political landscape, Afegbua expressed concern over disorientation due to highhanded politics, needless conflicts among ruling party leaders and a call for urgent attention to the state’s deteriorating infrastructure.

He specifically highlighted the deplorable state of roads across Edo, citing its adverse effects on mobility and economic activities, especially in the agricultural sector.

Road infrastructure will be my number one priority, irrespective of which tier of government the roads belong to,” Afegbua declared, emphasising his commitment to revitalising the road network.

Positive Governance

Afegbua articulated his vision for Edo’s future, vowing to make a substantial impact through positive governance and the collective support of the people. With a focus on redefining the essence of governance, he pledged to usher in an era of progress, prosperity, and stability for the state.

The era of lamentation will be gone when I take the lead. Edo must rise again; she must rise from the ashes of this present misgovernance to a state that will occupy its rightful place in the assembly of states in Nigeria,” Afegbua asserted.

As the gubernatorial race in Edo gathers momentum, Afegbua’s entry adds a new dynamic to the unfolding political landscape, setting the stage for an electoral contest in the State.

 

Lateefah Ibrahim