Obaseki, represented by his Chief of Staff, Osaigbovo Iyoha recently revealed this during the Leadership Newspapers Conference and Awards ceremony held at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.
According to him, the delay in the formation of his cabinet is because of his defection from the All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party shortly before the last Edo state governorship election, which he won.
He added that in the next couple of days, the cabinet will definitely be announced to Nigerians.
His words, “Ours has been a build-up to an uncommon election. The issue of being in the APC before we moved to the PDP are well documented and don’t need further explanation. But in the next couple of days, the cabinet will be announced.”
“The only way we can repay for all the votes we got in the last election is to perform better than we did in the first tenure. For us, it is the sign of recognition of good governance and delivery of dividends of democracy to the people because the people are at the centre of everything and we appreciate the LEADERSHIP Group.”
“Five years ago if anyone had predicted that Governor Godwin Obaseki would win an award for being Politician of the Year, I think nobody would believe it and we give thanks to God Almighty.”
“And the people of Edo State thank the Leadership Group for this honour, we appreciate it. And for Godwin Obaseki, he’s driven by the new lessons of governance, which is service to the people and the only way that he can say thank you for this award is by doing more for the people of the state.”
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Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki (born 1 July, 1957 in Benin City, Nigeria) is a Nigerian politician and businessman, who is currently serving as the Executive Governor of Edo State. He was sworn in as the governor on 12 November 2016. He was the Chairman of the Edo State Economic and Strategy Team inaugurated by former Governor Adams Oshiomole in March 2009.
Born in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, Obaseki is the third child of Late Pa Roland Obaseki and Gbinigie of Owina Street, Ogbelaka Quarters, Benin City. He attended St. Matthew’s Primary School for his primary school education and proceeded to Eghosa Grammar School, in Benin City, for secondary education.
Obaseki thereafter proceeded to the University of Ibadan, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Classics. For his mandatory one year National Youth Service, he served in Jos, Plateau State. He later left Nigeria for the United States to attend Columbia University and Pace University in New York, where he obtained an MBA in Finance and International Business.
Obaseki is married to Betsy Bene Obaseki, a financial expert. She holds BSc. and MSc. in Accounting from the University of Lagos, and an alumnus of the Kellog’s School of Business Executive Management Programme, USA. He is an avid golfer.
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