2015: I’m not scared of elections, says Igbinedion

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The daughter of the Esama of Benin Kingdom, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, and sister to the former Governor of Edo State, Lucky Igbinedion, has said she is not scared of contesting the 2015 general election to the Federal House of Representatives.

She is the second child of Chief Igbinedion to be contesting for high elective office since the days of her brother, Lucky, who served as governor of Edo State between 1999 and 2007.

She spoke at Iguobazuwa in Ovia South West Local Government Area, in company of her mother, Lady Cherry Igbinedion, where she announced her intention to represent Ovia Federal Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives.

Igbinedion, who is the second child of the renowned octogenarian and business mogul to contest a top political position, pledged to upgrade educational and economic welfare of children, youths and women in the locality.

She said, “I am telling you what I will do. Every child in Ovia must go to school with books. Women and youth will be empowered. Where there is no electricity, I will ensure the villages get electricity.”

“I am aware of farmers in the villages. I will attract investors. If you support me, you will see changes.”

“I have no fears in the elections. Ovia constituency is the least developed in Edo South. I don’t know what others before have done but you will see lots of changes.”

However, a social-political group in Etsako Central has said that it would reject the 2015 political ambitions of some political leaders, whom it said have had no positive impact in the area.

The group, Save Afemai Group, which lamented that Afemai had been subjected to under-development, flayed the political leaders from the area for neglecting their place of origin.

A statement signed by the leader, Blessing Agbomhere, said, “The growing unemployment rate among the youths of Afemai, both artisans and graduates, home and abroad, is alarming and it poses a threat to the development of Afemai.

“If you guide and motivate the youths, they will work towards the development of the society but if you neglect them, they will use their hands to work against it.”

While disclosing that an orphanage in Jattu, with “about 52 children,” needed urgent attention, the group called on the state government to come to the aid of the children’s home.

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