Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has said ranching is a private matter and should be treated as such.
Speaking after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday, Obaseki said residents of Edo would prefer to invest in livestock privately. Obaseki told State House reporters that the clashes between farmers and ranchers could be resolved with a full implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Program (NLTP).
However, he urged the federal government to “recognize” the Edo state model. Shedding some more light on his state’s model, Obaseki said those involved in ranching should provide the land.
The governor said that during his interaction with President Buhari, he presented the views of his people regarding the practice of ranching. Further defending his condition, Obaseki said the NLTP should be able “to help the people of Edo benefit from the funding that is now available to people who want to get into farming and have invested in it. ranches and other similar farm animals. programs, “.
Obaseki explained that the private perspective on the ranching exercise is one of the main reasons the Edo state government has yet to enact a law banning open grazing.
“As you know, most southern states have laws relating to open grazing, but Edo state does not. Because we want to make sure that all the laws we pass are laws we can enforce. “
During the briefing, the governor also denied rumors suggesting he would return to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said that as a well-known politician his conscience would not allow him to betray those who sheltered him in the event of a political storm.
Obaseki explained that he did not leave the APC on his own terms, but was forced to leave, an action he said will not allow him to quit the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). where he got support when needed.
“I think I showed that I am a politician with integrity and I made it very clear that I did not leave the other party alone. I got kicked out of the party, and someone else covered me up, gave me an opportunity.
“It won’t be the right thing to do to leave now who helped you, who gave you the umbrella in your storm, and then go back to the person who pushed you out.” “
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A case for electronic transmission
Reacting to the Senate’s decision to reverse its earlier resolution on electronic transmission of election results, Governor Obaseki said he remained in favor of this path.
According to the governor, the PDP would not have won the last election in Edo state without the deployment of the technology by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“Without the technology used by INEC and God, I might not be governor today. So, I am one of those who believe that we cannot and must not have elections in this country, in the future, without transmitting the results electronically from the polling stations, because in order for the elections to be credible, they must be seen as transparent. and once you’ve voted, you need to be confident that your vote will count.
“With today’s technology, it is possible and INEC showed it in my elections, that as soon as you have voted and the results have been counted in the voting units, this result must be returned available, so that you already know what to expect to be gathered at parish assembly points.
“What has happened in many cases in the past is that people go to vote, the votes are counted at the polling stations. They know it, but by the time it gets to the snack point, that changes.
“But this time around, because of the transparency, everyone will see and know what to expect from the polling stations. This is what happened when I was elected.
“So, I am a very strong advocate of electronic transmission of election results and I also want to note that from my personal experience, INEC has the capacity, INEC has the technology, and also the understanding. of how these things should work. Said Obaseki.