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Ighodalo Vows to Transform Edo at Hamburg Townhall

Ismail Abdulazeez Mantu, Reporting

In a vibrant rally on Friday night, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the upcoming Edo State governorship election, Dr. Asue Ighodalo, captivated the Edo Diaspora in Hamburg, Germany, with his ambitious vision for the state.

Continuing his European engagement tour, Ighodalo pledged to elevate Edo State to a first-world sub-national entity in Nigeria, working closely with his running mate, Barr. Osarodion Ogie, and a dedicated team.

Speaking to a packed hall, Ighodalo reiterated his commitment to the “Pathway to Prosperity for All” manifesto, unveiled earlier in the week. He emphasized the importance of building on the progress made by previous administrations and highlighted the achievements of the current Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

“We must recognize the potential of Edo State. Our state has produced notable individuals who have made their mark in national history. The past eight years have seen significant development, and we must continue on this path. Reverting to the past would be a disservice to us all. We need to solidify the reforms initiated by the Obaseki administration,” Ighodalo asserted to enthusiastic applause.

Ighodalo’s European tour has already taken him to Reggio Emilia in Italy, as well as Manchester and London in the UK. The final stop is scheduled for Saturday night in Nuremberg. Throughout these engagements, Ighodalo has stressed his administration’s focus on security, governance, and development.

“Law and order are paramount. We must ensure Edo State is secure. While the debate on state police continues, we will optimize our current resources. Impunity cannot be tolerated; we must lead by example,” he declared.

Ighodalo’s five-pillar plan includes comprehensive measures to enhance governance, transparency, and accountability. He emphasized the importance of leveraging the global Edo community’s expertise and dismissed the notion that only those who have lived in the state all their lives can contribute to its growth.

During a lively question-and-answer session, Ighodalo addressed various concerns, including the repatriation of stolen artefacts. He affirmed, “The artefacts belong to the Palace, and that is where they will return. President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration has settled this matter.”

Adding a personal touch, Ighodalo’s wife, Mrs. Ifeyinwa Ighodalo, pledged to hold her husband accountable for his promises, particularly those concerning women, youth, and vulnerable populations, earning her a warm round of applause.

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