Governor Adams Oshiomhole, of Edo State has insisted that he will not succumb to intimidation or blackmail over his decision to support an aspirant who takes over from him.
Oshiomhole, disclosed this while addressing leaders of Ayogwiri community in Etsako East Local Government Area who paid him a visit in his office.
He said that he wants a candidate who will sustain his achievements. “I come from a tradition that neither succumbs to blackmail nor can be frightened away from what I believe is right,” he said.
The Governor explained that he had worked with most of the aspirants and reserves the right to share his view on whom he thinks would be more competent to occupy his office after he leaves.
He however revealed that many aspirants have approached him for direction and support but noted that there are several factors to consider in deciding who he finds most competent to be Edo State’s next governor.
Said he, “If 10 aspirants ask for my support, I can only support one and if I’m going to support anybody as a sitting governor, I should have looked at the person, his records and do my own evaluation.
“I’ve worked with people and I know the strengths and weaknesses of all those I have worked with. Even in school a principal will write testimonial for his pupils and in the case of teachers, he will write a report of evaluation of the performance of all the teachers he is working with.”