INTERVIEW: Edo 2020: Gov. Obaseki Or No Deal, Says Odiase


As Edo State warms up for the  2020 governorship election, Mr. Etinosa Odiase, a supporter of Mr. Godwin Obaseki, the serving governor of the state says the governor is majorly concerned about the development of the state, and should be allowed to transform it into positive limelight. These and more are the submissions of Odiase who is the state coordinator of FACE2FACE for Governor Godwin Obaseki codenamed: FACE2FACEGGO. He speaks with our guest writer on the rationale behind his team unalloyed massive support in ensuring the Governor gets a second term in office.


Q. What is the vision of Face to Face for Obaseki/Shaibu ?

Basically, our vision is to promote, and showcase Governor Godwin Obaseki’s good governance to Edo people, and the rest of the world. These can be categorised into what the Governor has done so far, and what the Governor is doing presently, and what the Governor will do in transforming the state into positive limelight.

Why Face to Face for Obaseki/Shaibu, why not Face to Face for Edo development?

Sure. The Governor and his Deputy are in charge of the development of Edo State, they are developing the state and these facts are verifiable. So, without Governor Obaseki and his Deputy, Shaibu, the kind of development we have seen so far in infrastructure, education, agriculture, transportation, etc wouldn’t have been possible. So, we own it a duty to give honour to whom honour is due. Have you visited the central park design for commercial bus drivers? from what we envisage after the completion, it is going to be a world class transportation terminal.

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How wide is your spread in the 18 LGAs of Edo State ?

We are fully on ground across the state. For the purpose of emphasis, we have the State Executives, three senatorial coordinators, and 18 coordinators in charge of coordinating, and the 192 wards coordinators even at the unit level, across the state. So, we are solidly on ground, from the state level to the unit level. We are preaching the good work of Mr Governor face2face.

How long has the group be in existence ?

The acronym Face to Face for GGO came on board recently, however, the organization has been in existence as far back as 2012. This organization is affiliated with CyberForce Unlimited. Again, this organization was involved in championing the election bid of Governor Obaseki in 2016. As a result of its achievements for GGO in the previous election, the stakeholders thought it wise to use it again. This time, however, with the official named Face to Face for GGO.

What is Face to Face doing that is different from other support groups ?

It is countless. But then I will limit myself to five. Firstly, we play politics without bitterness. In other words, we leverage on the achievements of Governor Obaseki to market him to Edo people for re-election. Secondly, we are focus on issues base campaign for GGO. Thirdly, we have the network of eminent grassroots, vibrant and committed youths that drive this projects of GGO2020 across the 18 local government area of the state. Forthly, we try to set the record straight, whenever we felt the need to respond to allegations that is detrimental to our goals and objectives, such as an attack to demarket GGO, especially by opposition. Lastly, we are very committed in contributing our quota to the day-to-day activities of the government of Obaseki by pushing out daily events/activities and advocating for the government daily.

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Is Face to Face tied to any polical party or it is just for the love you have for Obaseki/Shaibu combination as Governor and Deputy ?

Definitely, this organization is not an arm of APC per say, however, it is totally an agent of Governor Obaseki and Deputy Shaibu to ensure that the ruling party under the leadership of Governor Obaseki and Deputy Shaibu is sustained.

Who are the main sponsors for this Face to Face group ?

A careful look at the name of the group would suggest that the stakeholders for GGO is the main sponsors. If that be the case, so be it.

Face to Face projection in Edo 2020 ?

Definitely, Governor Obaseki, one good tenure, deserves another. So, GGO is unbeatable both at the APC guber primary election and the general election. The majority of the party faithful and the good people of Edo State are solidly in support of his re-election bid. And we will ensure that the GGO 2020 is realized. In Edo 2020, for the APC, it is Gov Obaseki or no deal because that is what Edo people are saying. Governor Obaseki in charge of the present development in Edo State, he should be allowed to fully transform the state into limelight.

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