The African Democratic Congress (ADC) governorship candidate in Edo State, Mabel Oboh, said on Monday only a “welfarist system of government” can revive the ailing economy of the state.
Oboh, a Nollywood actress, stated this while interacting with heads of media organisations in Benin.
She said her welfarist agenda would return the economy of the state to the path of recovery, growth, and sustainability.
The ADC candidate said the economy of the state had been pillaged by selfish politicians who posed as leaders, adding that until such people were “politically quarantined,” there would not be independence and freedom from poverty in the state.
Oboh, who preferred to be addressed as a reformist rather than a politician, said she would never accept monetary inducement to contest for any political position.
She said: “Doing so amounts to being perpetually tied to the apron strings of godfathers as is the case in many states of the federation.
“There’s no doubt that Edo State, our dear state, is in crisis and needs help. It needs experts to salvage what is left of the long years of economic plundering.
“As an Edo woman and an entrepreneur, I will bring my experience and business expertise to bear and manage the state’s resources.
“We will invite and collaborate with experts to help touch all spheres of the sectors, especially agriculture and health.
“We will grow the agricultural sector to exterminate poverty and hunger from the land. This would be done through the agricultural revolution in terms of packaging of food production, preservation of food, and food bank.”