EDO, NOVEMBER 12, 2016 – A former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.), has arrived the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, Edo State venue of the inauguration of the governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki, and his deputy, Philip Shuaibu, as Governor and Deputy Governor, respectively.
Gowon was accompanied by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun; the Deputy National Chairman (South) of the APC, Segun Oni, and a former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba.
Governors who have also arrived for the ceremony are Akinwumi Ambode (Lagos State) and Rochas Okorocha (Imo State) represented by his deputy, Prince Eze Madumere.
Also at the event are captains of industry, led by the Chairman of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote.
Obaseki and Shuaibu would take their oath of office, which would be administered by the state Chief Judge, Justice Cromwell Idahosa.
The atmosphere is full of excitement with singing and dancing under the watchful eyes of a large gathering of security operatives, as the guests and residents await the arrival of the new governor and his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole.
The inauguration of Mr Godwin Obaseki as the new governor of Edo state is in progress as incumbent steps aside.
The tenure of the state governor, Mr Adams Oshomhole terminates on Saturday.
Obaseki was elected governor on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). His deputy is Mr. Phillip Shuaibu.
Many APC governors are witnessing the inauguration. Senate President Bukola Saraki is also in attendance.
Oshiomhole reviewed the parade mounted by the state police command.
The new governor will run for four years.
He defeated Pastor Ize Iyamu of the People’s Democratiics