Edo poll: I’ll revive Ojirami dam for power, agric says APC aspirant

An aspirant for the Edo State governorship election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, Engr. Gideon Ikhine, has promised to reactivate the Ojirami Dam to provide water for irrigation for increased agricultural yield and generate electricity to power small scale industries, and businesses.

Ikhine, known as ‘game changer,’ said that the Ojirami cluster of business would pave the way for the establishment of a large mechanised farm in Akoko-Edo, taking full advantage of the arable land, suitable for agriculture, stressing that when established the farm would be among the biggest in Africa.

Appealing to the people to ensure they take time to screen all aspirants jostling for the top job before taking a decision that would affect their lives in the next four years, Ikhine noted that not all aspirants are prepared for the race, as many have no idea of the problems confronting Edo State.

He added that he is the only person that have carried out a detailed research on the challenges confronting the state, and therefore called on the people, who are currently yearning for good governance not to make a mistake at this critical period in the development of the state.

Ikhine, who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party after 24 years, to the APC in 2023, also said his new party stands a good chance of winning the tickets if he is nominated.

He said, “I don’t have the powers to send myself to the seat of power. You are the ones that have such power, and I will deliver based on the vision I have for Edo people. I have the capability to dislodge candidates of other political parties during the election. Let us not be sentimental about our election, but rather work hard to win the election without relying on federal might.

“If we have to move forward as a state, we must have someone who will unify the people and enhance their lives. I offer myself for service, as I believe that I am the most qualified to make Edo State the destination of choice in the global arena.

“I will also say that pretenders must quit the race because they do not know the magnitude of the problem facing the state. I have carried out studies and I can say that I know what to do to fix the state

“If I don’t have the will power to grow the institution of the public service, no need coming into government. In four years, every road in Edo will be motorable. I will introduce Public Works Department that would be in charge of maintaining the roads and set up a regulatory board that will supervise the work. I will also establish asphalt manufacturing plants in the three senatorial districts of the state.”