From Tony Osauzo, Benin

GOVERNORSHIP can­didate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, yester­day reiterated his commitment to focus on agriculture if voted into power, promising that his administration will in its first few months re-open the Lev­entis Farm in Weppa-Wano, in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State which was abandoned over the years.

Besides, he promised to ex­pand the curriculum of the Col­lege of Agriculture Agenebode to include Aqua Science, due to its access to River Niger, add­ing that exploiting the agricul­tural potentials and its access to River Niger will be his major focus in creating employment opportunities in the area.

The APC governorship hopeful made the promise yes­terday while speaking at cam­paign rallies in Agenebode and Fugar, Etsako Central Local Government Area.

Speaking to a large crowd of party supporters shortly after he was introduced by Gover­nor Adams Oshiomhole and the state chairman of the party, Anselm Ojezua, Obaseki la­mented that the PDP destroyed the infrastructure in the state until the coming of Governor Oshiomhole.

“I am going to continue from where he stopped.

Oshiomhole has laid a solid foundation for development and we are going to continue from there.

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“Investors are already com­ing into the state due to the con­ducive environment already created by the Comrade Gover­nor. Our youths will have jobs and I want to say that by this time in January next year, we are going to open the Leventis farms which are situated here.

“Whether you are in school or not, we will get jobs for you. Our women will be given soft loans to improve on their busi­nesses.

It is sad that the PDP de­stroyed all that was built by Dr Ogbemudia until Comrade came to revive the state. I thank God for Oshiomhle because I have somewhere to start from. So it is not going to be difficult” he said.

In his speech, Oshiom­hole told the people that “the PDP has nothing to offer. Their factional candidate Ize- Iyamu has been shuttling from Port Harcourt to Benin due to the N700million they shared amongst themselves during the election. This is the same per­son who joined in the under de­velopment of this state between 1999-2007.

“You have seen PDP’s ten years in this state and you have seen our seven and half years, so you can see the difference. PDP wants to come and contin­ue to steal, but they will never get there. Ize-Iyamu signed most of the fake jobs that were used to siphon money under the Igbinedion administration and we have the records which will be published,” he said.

Earlier, the Okumagbe of Weppa-Wano, HRH Dr George Oshiapi Egabor, urged his people to support Obaseki, saying that “Oshiomhole brought him and said he is a good man, we believe he is, be­cause APC has worked for our people. So we will support you so that the development we are witnessing will continue.”