Ninety days are not enough, anywhere in the world, to judge and rate democratically elected four-year tenure.
But for All Progressives Congress (APC)-elected noiseless Governor of Edo State in the South-South of Nigeria, Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, he has not only proved doubting Thomas that gave him no chance wrong in about three months in office, he has shown through his pronouncements, programmes and policies that he is prepared, able and capable of charting a better future for his people.
Mr Obaseki clocked 90 days in office on February 9, 2017. He took his oath of office to succeed Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on November 12, 2016.
To say that Obaseki, who was so painted black by fellow aspirants in APC and other candidates of the governorship election that many openly despised him and questioned his credentials, is now so loved by all Edo people within such a short time is an understatement. Indeed, the governor’s popularity and acceptance only equal calls on the election loser, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), to immediately withdraw his petition from the tribunal and save himself, Edo State and the Federal Government time and resources.
For many people that have been opportune to cross his paths before and after he became governor, what they admittedly like about Obaseki is humility and simplicity, two rare virtues in the corridors of contemporary Nigerian leadership.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 offered the governor an occasion to unveil an ultra-modern Elderly Care Centre on Marina Street in Benin City, built by Dagomo Foundation Nigeria Ltd/Gte, an NGO.