Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Monday, paid a surprise visit to his predecessor and National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole amidst rumours of a rift between the duo.
The governor visited the Party Chairman and his mother, Hajia Aishetu Oshiomhole at his Iyanmoh residence in celebration of the Eid ul-Adha festival.
During the visit, Obaseki expressed his delight at the incredible support he has received from the Muslim community and reiterated his commitment to the transformation of Edo State and the empowerment of all its people.
In response, the Otaru of Auchi commended the governor for his uncommon leadership and advised him not to succumb to the forces of darkness preaching division in Edo State. He encouraged the Governor to remain prayerful and continue to strive in the interest of the people.
Speaking after the visit, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communications, Crusoe Osagie, said the visit has punctured the claim that Obaseki and Oshiomhole were at loggerheads.
“The notion that these two men are adversaries is being propagated by morally and financially insolvent people seeking to profit off of the challenges they have been working so hard to foment. You cannot blame such people really.
“Their talents and abilities are severely limited, so it is in their collective interest to stoke tension and drive division, but I can tell you that they have already failed.
“It is not in their interests for Edo State to peacefully progress, so they will try to mis-categorise this visit. This is what they’ve always done and it’s their stock in trade.
“True leaders understand that they represent the people in whose interests they must serve. This is why His Excellency has always said that the resources of the state, are for the people only, and not for a negligible minority and nothing can ever change this,” Osagie stated.
When quizzed whether the visit means that a new proclamation of the State House of Assembly will be issued by the governor in conformity with the directive of the National Assembly, the governor’s spokesperson said, “I cannot speak on this matter as it is sub judice but I think the whole world knows that the Edo State House of Assembly has already been inaugurated.”
“No person or institution of Government can order a state governor to do anything. We are a nation of Laws and by the special grace of God, will all be alive to witness the law run its full course,” he added.