Edo State Governor-elect, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has
said no member of the opposition political parties
should expect to make his cabinet after his
inauguration on November 12.
Obaseki, who spoke during an interactive session
with journalists, noted that though he could explain
the focus and vision of his administration to them,
none of them would be appointed in his
The incumbent Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, had
at the inception of his administration in 2008,
appointed three members of the Peoples
Democratic Party into his cabinet.
Obaseki said, “I will not be able to accept anybody
from the opposition political parties as a
commissioner in my cabinet.
The governor-elect said he would immediately
form a team for the purpose of preparing the 2017
According to him, he has to prepare the budget in
order to hit the ground running because he has
only four weeks to present it before the House of
Assembly embarks on a recess.
Obaseki added that apart from the creation of jobs
and economic empowerment, the focus of his
administration would not be different from that of
the incumbent governor.
Obaseki, who noted that the opposition had
capitalised on the protests by some pensioners
prior to the governorship election, said only 700
pensioners, out of the 11,700 who retired from the
state civil service, had yet to be paid.
Obaseki said, “Some people took advantage of the
electioneering and tried to get at us. People had
hoped that with the anxiety to win election, we
would have resolved the issues.’’