A former government chairman of the University of Benin Students' Union, Michael Oshiobugie, has declared his interest in contesting the 2024 Edo State gubernatorial election on the platform of the Labor Party.

The engineer-turned-politician, who was at the party secretariat in Benin on Wednesday to formally express his interest, said if given the opportunity to govern the state, he would ensure that no one is oppressed.

Oshiobugie, who led UNIBEN SUG in 1996, said he has the requisite capacity to bring prosperity to Edo.

He said: “I have a wealth of technical and engineering experience that I believe is needed at this difficult time in our history. The state needs someone who can turn the economy around and I am the man to do it.

“As an engineer and governor of this state, it is up to me to use the skills I have acquired to ensure that we make gas available as much as possible because Edo has rich deposits of gas. Therefore, I have the technology to transform this gas, while other resources that can strengthen the State will also be used.”

In response, the state chairman of the Labor Party, Kelly Ogbaloi, said that like any other aspirant, the party leadership accepted Oshiobugie, especially on his CV, as well as wishing him good luck.

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