Mr. Kenneth Imasuangbon, a seasoned lawyer affectionately known as Rice Man, is a prominent gubernatorial aspirant under the Labour Party (LP) banner in Edo State. Boasting over two decades of political experience, Imasuangbon asserts in this interview that his street credibility and widespread popularity uniquely position him as the ideal candidate to challenge and overcome the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the primary opposition, All Progressives Congress (APC), in the upcoming September 21 election. Interestingly, he has been affiliated with the PDP and APC at different points in his political career.
When asked about his vision and mission for the people of Edo State if elected, Imasuangbon passionately outlines his commitment to swiftly alleviating the hunger, pain, and disappointment that has plagued the state over the past two decades. He emphasizes the urgent need for infrastructure development, particularly addressing the issue of bad roads that currently restrict access to Edo State. Imasuangbon pledges to utilize direct labor to expedite the repair of these crucial entry points into the state, recognizing that limited access to the state capital significantly hinders its development.
Acknowledging the importance of security in attracting investors, Imasuangbon expresses his determination to collaborate with security agencies to create a secure environment conducive to local and foreign investments. He envisions establishing an industrial hub that will provide employment opportunities for the youth and other residents, making Edo an attractive destination for investment. Imasuangbon also highlights the untapped potential of the state’s tourism industry, vowing to unlock its possibilities to stimulate economic growth further.
In addressing the agricultural sector, Imasuangbon asserts that agriculture will be a central focus of his administration. He envisions transforming the state into a hub for various plantations, including rice, rubber, palm oil, and cocoa. Instead of relying solely on the distribution of rice, Imasuangbon aims to cultivate vast rice farms across the state, emphasizing self-sufficiency and economic independence. His vision involves taking Edo’s agricultural products to the national market, generating income for the state, and reducing dependence on federal allocations.
Imasuangbon passionately declares his commitment to grassroots development, emphasizing a departure from conventional political rhetoric. He promises to engage with the people directly, taking the development message to the streets, where the real power lies. His approach centers on sincerity, patriotism, and eradicating corruption, aiming to build trust with the populace.
Regarding the crowded field of aspirants within the Labour Party, Imasuangbon views it as a positive indicator of the party’s appeal to the people. He welcomes the competition, asserting that unity and collaboration will be essential to achieve the goal of transforming Edo State regardless of who emerges as the candidate.
Confident in his experience and consistency, Imasuangbon dismisses concerns about the crowded race, emphasizing that his popularity and credibility set him apart. He argues that a well-known figure is crucial for success in a contest against established parties like the PDP and APC. Imasuangbon positions himself as the candidate with the necessary recognition and appeal across the state, emphasizing the importance of having a familiar face in the electoral battle.
Addressing the absence of Mr. Peter Obi on the ballot, Imasuangbon confidently asserts that he is the “Obi of Edo State.” He claims to embody popularity, love, and the struggle against godfatherism. With his candidacy, Imasuangbon believes the Labour Party can effectively challenge and defeat the influence of political godfathers in the state.