Challenges and Alternatives: Evaluating Gov Obaseki’s Tenure, the Call for Change in Edo State

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By Owen Eresoyen, Benin

In the tenure since 2020, Governor Obaseki’s administration in Edo State has faced criticism for what some perceive as a lack of significant progress and fulfillment of promises made to the people. Despite widespread support, there are concerns about the state’s economic trajectory and the distribution of opportunities.

Reports indicate that poverty levels have risen, with allegations of favoritism in the allocation of jobs and contracts to associates based in Lagos. Many of the Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) made by the government have yet to materialize, leaving citizens disillusioned. Additionally, critical infrastructure such as Ekiosa Market and other markets affected by fire incidents remain unrehabilitated, while healthcare facilities are reported to be in disrepair.

Initiatives aimed at promoting agriculture and industrial development have faced challenges, with promised industrial parks yet to materialize across the three senatorial districts. Furthermore, there are accusations of attempts to undermine the longstanding Benin traditional institutions, which hold cultural significance spanning over two millennia.

In light of these concerns, there is a call for alternative leadership that resonates more closely with the aspirations and needs of the people. Senator Monday Okpehbolo and Rt. Hon. Dennis Idahosa are presented as candidates who embody youthful energy and a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by the people of Edo State.

As the gubernatorial election approaches in September of this year, there is a growing sentiment among certain segments of the population to rally behind candidates who are perceived as more aligned with their interests and concerns. It remains to be seen how these developments will shape the political landscape in Edo State moving forward.