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Edo 2024: PDP’s Ighodalo Urges Electorates to Scrutinize Leaders Ahead of Guber Election

Ismail Abdulazeez Mantu Reporting

Edo State, Nigeria 


Dr. Asue Ighodalo, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, has called on electorates to rigorously evaluate the leaders they intend to elect.

Speaking at a symposium organized by the National Association of Edo State Indigenes in Abuja on Friday, Ighodalo emphasized that the quality of leadership is crucial to the progress of any state or organization.

Represented by Mr. Tony Okonigene, Ighodalo criticized the prevalent misconception of leadership within Nigeria’s political sphere, highlighting the paradox where elected officials, who are supposed to serve the people, end up becoming their rulers. He stressed the necessity for voters to thoroughly interrogate candidates’ credentials and motivations, likening the process to the rigorous recruitment practices in private enterprises.

“Why do we subject prospective employees to intense scrutiny in our businesses but fail to apply the same standards to those who will control our collective resources?” Ighodalo questioned, pointing out the flaws in a system that allows political parties to exclusively determine candidates.

The event, themed “Leadership Recruitment Process in Nigeria; Edo State Imperative,” also featured notable contributions from other dignitaries. His Excellency, Governor Godwin Obaseki, represented by Deputy Governor Engr. Marvelous Godwins, underscored the critical nature of the upcoming election. He urged voters to make informed decisions to ensure the state’s continued progress, revealing that Edo State ranks second in Nigeria for daily business transactions.

Deacon Festus Osagbovo, Director General of the Edo State Liaison Office in Abuja, praised the symposium’s timing, deeming it essential as Edo State gears up for the 2024 gubernatorial election. Moderated by former House of Representatives member Dr. Tunde Lakoju, the event saw participation from various stakeholders, including members of the National Assembly from Edo State, civil societies, and alumni of Ambrose Alli University.



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