Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City
An All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial aspirant in Edo State and former President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Mr. Peter Esele, has denied any acrimony between him and the state Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, supposedly triggered by the latter’s disposition for a preferred candidate ahead of the governorship election scheduled for September 2016
Esele, who spoke with journalists in Benin City, capital Edo State while unfolding his three-point agenda if elected as governor, attributed the purported rancour as the handiwork of the opposition party.
Esese, who is also a former president of PENGASSAN, said he joined the Edo 2016 governorship race on the grounds of his qualification, experience, acquired skill and having the solution to what was lacking, added that his government will focus on Agriculture, Culture and Education
“ I told the governor I was running, he said he has a preferred candidate and he has right to do that but again it is the delegates that will decide. I am appealing to him to provide a level play field.
“People want a lot of rancour between me and the governor but be that as it may, if I have disagreements with the governor, I have access, I will go to him and let him know how I feel. When you get to a level that you become president of TUC or any leadership position, there is a responsibility attached to it. I was one of those that found it repugnant when the them presidents, Goodlcuk Jonathan and Olusegun Obasanjo were exchanging letters.’’
Esele promised to build on the giant strides made by the previous government on education especially the Oshiomhole red roof revolution declared that he will establish research link between university and government, grant loan facility of a N100million to universities and department that affect government directly.
He equally disclosed his intention to put aside special schools in each of the three senatorial districts for the best students with a view to create a healthy and competitive society.
The former unionist, who berated the federal government over inability to diversify the economy said his administration will create an environment that will attract and gravitate people into farming adding that no country can be define on the basis of crude oil, but experience and acquired skills.