By Sylvanus Okpe
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, on Monday, paid an unscheduled visit to his predecessor and National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomole.
He was in the Iyamho country home of the former governor who returned home for the Eid Kabir celebration.
Obaseki visited Oshiomhole and his mother, Hajia Aishetu Oshiomole, despite the cold war between the duo which has been rumoured to have followed the governor’s re-election bid.
The governor expressed his delight at the incredible support he received from the Muslim community and reiterated his commitment to the transformation of Edo State.
The former President of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) commended the governor for his leadership qualities which he described as “uncommon” and urged him not to be victim to the forces of darkness who preaching division in Edo State.
The Otaru of Auchi also encouraged the Governor to remain prayerful and continuously strive for the interest of the people.
Speaking after the visit, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communications, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, congratulated the Muslim community and poured enconiums on Obaseki for his demonstration of exemplary leadership.
He projected that the visit would likely unnerve a tiny fraction of the people of the state.
“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,” he stated.
On whether this means that a new proclamation of the House of Assembly will be issued by the Governor in conformity with the directives of the National Assembly, Osagie was non-committal.
He 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 stated.