No Room For Opposition Members In My Cabinet, Says Obaseki
The Governor-elect of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has said that he will not appoint any member of the opposition party into his government after his inauguration on November 12.
Speaking with reporters in Benin, capital of the state, on Saturday, though he could explain the focus and vision of his administration to them, none of them would be appointed in his administration.
Obaseki said, “I will not be able to accept anybody from the opposition political parties as a commissioner in my cabinet.”
He explained that since the legislative chamber would be going on recess a month after he takes over the leadership of the state, his first assignment would be the presentation of budget to the house of assembly.
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.’’