Wife of Edo State Governor, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki says the renewal of Nigeria under the present dispensation will begin with Edo, adding that the new thing that God is doing to bring about change, good governance and prosperity in Nigeria will start in Edo State. She said Edo will be the centre of developmental activities in Nigeria.

Speaking at the this year’s Christmas party held for women at the Government House, Benin City on Friday, Mrs. Obaseki said, “I tell you, this renewal of our country is going to begin here. The new thing that God is doing to bring about change and good governance and prosperity in Nigeria, let me announce that it is starting in Edo State. Edo will be the centre of developmental activities in Nigeria. Mark it. You will say, Mrs. Obaseki said it. I am telling you. I am speaking like a prophet now, believe it. Go into the New Year by God’s grace with that confidence.”

According to her, “This is the end of the year and we are about to enter a new year
by the grace of God. I want to share with you a glimpse of what I know that will
happen in this state from now on. God has proposed to do great things in Edo State.
God in his own wisdom has chosen to visit Edo State and to do great things in this
state.

“And what you are going to be expecting from now on, what God will do, he is not
starting it now. He is not starting it with Obaseki’s administration. He started it
before now. Even our past Governor was a Moses sent by God to deliver the people of Edo State to begin his work. He laid a marvelous foundation and Obaseki is to build on that. People before them also contributed. This is the time for governance, time to do what God has brought every one of us to do.”

Mrs. Obaseki thanked the women for their support for her husband during the
gubernatorial election, “I appreciate every one of you. If you hadn’t been here and
done your work, especially the party leaders, my husband and I would not be in
Osadebe Avenue today.

“So, this event is organized first and foremost to say, thank you, especially our
women. Yesterday, my husband made one comment; he said that he found that women are more active and more loyal in politics. And so, we must celebrate ourselves. And this is just to celebrate you all and every one of you, and to thank you for all your support in bringing us here.”

She continued, “And my husband also said it, and I am glad he said it, and I also
recognize it. We didn’t come into governance here only by the grace of APC members, because we found out that in the course of the election, many people voted for the APC candidate who are not APC members. And so, this is also to say, thank you to those of you. Our party members also appreciate the fact that at this stage in our work, we are not partisan. And so, we are open to everyone.

“Our business here in Osadebe Avernue is to look after God’s children. For God to
have called us in Edo State his children, I think we should feel very special. And I
think it is also indicative of what God wants to do in Edo State.”

Mrs. Betsy Obaseki expressed gratitude to the women for honouring her invitation, “I want to thank everyone for honouring my invitation. Thank you all for coming. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous year in advance.”

Pastor Laurie Idahosa of the Church of God Mission International, in a goodwill
message, admonished women to learn the act of love and giving, saying that Christmas is all about love and giving.

Also present at the Christmas party were the wife of the Deputy Governor, Mrs.
Maryann Shaibu, the Deputy Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Mrs.)
Elizabeth Ativie, wife of the national chairman of the APC, Mrs. Victoria Oyegun,
the Head of Service, Mrs. Gladys Idahor, among others.