All Progressives Congress (APC) members in Edo State, have asked Governor Godwin Obaseki to fulfill the ‘stomach infrastructure’s promises he made during his campaign.
APC chairman in Oredo local government area, Godwin Alabi, spoke on behalf of supporters, at Urhokpota Hall, Benin City during a visit by the governor.
Governor Obaseki hails from Oredo.
Alabi in his remark, said: “I want to thank the governor for all that he has been doing in the state. But one thing I will not forget to talk about is stomach infrastructure for members.
“This is part of your electioneering promises to the members of the party in the state. I know with your able lieutenants and advisers that will be a thing of the past. Sir, I only tell you as a reminder”.
The matter was also raised during the governor’s visit to Esan South-east local government area of the state.
State Chairman of the party, Anselm Ojezua, who described stomach infrastructure as political patronage, said, “I want to assure you that a labourer is entitled to his wages.”
“Everybody knows that and it is clear much more in politics than anything else. We have been patient for about one year and I can assure you that going into the next year you will begin to see and feel many things”, he told party faithful.
Responding, Obaseki assured the party members that he will fulfill all the promises.
He, however, added that no party member would benefit from political patronage if he/she failed to actively participate in unit and ward activities.
“I promised that every ward will have political appointee. So, everything I will do in government, I will do through the party”, This day quoted him as saying.
“If you do not attend unit meetings, if you did not participate at the unit level or ward level and I want to give contract, I will not give you. Everything I will do, I will do through the party structure.
“You cannot be local government chairman or ward councillor if you don’t attend unit meetings. The party must be strong so that I can use the party to govern because without the party I am nothing.
“We are going to be giving a lot of patronage from now on but I will only do it through the wards. I want us to strengthen the party. Every month each organ of the party must meet and we are going to start registration of members later this month.
“We want to make sure that each unit has to bring in new members into the party. I am also here to assure you that every promise I made during the election I will fulfill them by the grace of God. Also to let you know that I have not forgotten you.
“Now that things are getting better, I want to assure you that I will support those who supported me to get to office. I will give that support through the party structure”, he stated.
Source: Daily post