Omo N’Oba Nedo, Oba Erediauwa, yesterday publicly revealed how he prayed for the re-election of Governor Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole, who got a second term last Saturday. The monarch urged him to complete the developmental work he has started across the state. Oba Erediauwa said when Governor Oshiomhole led his deputy, Pius Odubu, commissioners and principal officers of his administration to officially present his Certificate of Return to the monarch. “I am very glad to be able to address you publicly today the way I have been addressing you privately while praying for your Excellency’s second term. You are welcome to our palace. We have watched what you have done, like the press is saying that your handiwork is going to campaign for you. I prayed to my ancestors for you too and everybody has seen what you are doing for the people.
“Some of the roads that were left unkempt, we have seen what you have done with everything and, of course, not only in Bini kingdom but in the entire state, infrastructural developments are going on. The last time you came, I prayed that you would come back to complete the unfinished business. As my chief was praying, he added in his prayers that God and the ancestors should provide you the wherewithal to carry on with your infrastructural development and do more. We look forward to seeing you more and more around here. I thank you very much for the promises you made as regards Bini kingdom. Allah dey, God be with you,” an obviously happy Oba told Oshiomhole. The governor had earlier told the Oba that he was ready to continue his urban renewal project in Benin, the state capital, to such an extent that whoever takes over from him, will have no alternative but to continue from he stops. “I have obligation to deliver on welfare to the 18 local governments so that our people can sustain the unity of purpose that they have demonstrated by the way they have voted. We are ready to apply ourselves in full and to creatively manage the resources of Edo State to improve on the quality of life of Edo State.
“Let me assure Your Majesty that the great Bini kingdom will receive accelerated development. I will devote huge resources to continue to address our urban renewal programme to restore the glory of this great kingdom, reclaim the moat, which I know is dear to your heart as one of the legacies, and, indeed, one of the unique features that distinguish Benin City from the rest of the cities in Nigeria; we will complete our agenda at Ovoramnwen Square as well as the Ramat Park,” Oshiomhole said. He promised that his administration would build a new Benin City, a complete new layout so that people, who wish to build in any part of the areas, will access them with ease and a city that is planned with all the features of a modern city. “The only way I can reciprocate the uncommon support that I have received from the people of this kingdom is to apply ourselves over the next four years in a way that in the end, people will be able to appreciate that the trust, the confidence was well placed. I know that with your majesty’s prayers, God will enable us do all the good things in our heart so that this kingdom, the great kingdom throughout the length of Africa, not just Nigeria, will come out better. Just to say we are indebted to Your Majesty” Governor Oshiomhole said.