BENIN CITY – The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has been conferred with the Defender of the Faith Award by the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), in recognition of his support and commitment to the Christian faith.

The Chairman of PFN, Edo State Chapter, Pastor (Dr.) Margaret Agbonifo who received the award on behalf of the governor at the National Biannual Conference of PFN held in Enugu State, presented the award to Governor Obaseki at the Government House, in Benin City.

Receiving the award, Obaseki expressed appreciation to PFN for the award, adding “this is a call for more work and commitment to the Christian faith.”

He noted that his victory at the Appeal Court shows that God is alive and has chosen him to lead Edo people.

“The Appeal Court granted me victory again showing that my God is alive. I have nothing to fear but continue with my work as governor of Edo State. I didn’t even know that the Appeal Court was set to deliver judgment. I was not even worried as God put me here in office to serve Edo people.

Appreciating the PFN for the honour, Obaseki stated: “I thank the PFN, Edo Chapter led by Agbonifo for their continuous support; it has brought peace to the State and the people have enjoyed peace. We have not taken any major decision that will affect the people of the State without consulting the church.

“I cherish this award because of where it’s coming from and the people presenting the award as they are not hungry people and are not seeking relevance. This is an inspiration for me”.

Earlier, Agbonifo said during the 16th National Biannual Conference held in Enugu State by the National body of PFN, five State governors were selected to be awarded for defending the Christian faith in their various States.

The cleric noted: “You (Obaseki) were one of those that the national body of PFN recognised for standing up for the faith and has never denied the faith despite the troubled and turbulent water faced during the electioneering campaigns that brought you in for a second term.”