Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City
Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, on Thursday disclosed that he had made up on the political differences he had with his deputy, Dr. Pius Odubu.
The relationship between Oshiomhole and his deputy became frosty prior to the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship election primary after the governor chose the Chairman of his Economic Team, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, as his successor.
Oshiomhole stated this at a reconciliation and thank you party organised for Ward leaders of the APC. Odubu and some of his supporters were however absent at the party.
Oshiomhole told the APC members to go back to the wards and reconcile with all aggrieved party members.
He said he would personally visit some APC members and urge them to help reunite old friendship. Oshiomhole said the campaign message of the APC would change since according to him, “a more credible candidate has emerged in the PDP.”
According to him, “Let us imbibe the spirit of oneness. I was excited of having the privilege to brief President Muhammadu Buhari of the outcome of our primaries and the president said he was proud of all you who participated in that process. This will be the first time a sitting president will hold the hand of our party candidate and present him to the people of our great state.”
“As you return to your wards, align with leaders of each of those wards to call a meeting and have time together. Remind them that they voted for the party. Convene meetings at the ward level to bring all the ward leaders together. We need to visit them and we will visit them. They worked much harder. They deserve our commendation.
“This is the time to settle small quarrels within the party. No more rumours. Help us to unite, to reconcile, to restore old friendship and old alliances. I have renewed mine with my deputy governor. It is one party, one family and one destination.
“PDP has elected a more credible candidate. The problem with that is that the candidate is not carrying the kind of baggage the fake pastor is carrying. Our campaign message must be different.”
The state Chairman of the party, Anselm Ojezua, said many of aspirants had promised to work for the successes of the APC during the elections.
Obaseki promised to continue the process of reconciliation and work towards making the party solid.
His word: “Every member of APC will benefit. We are one party. We watch the language we use because we know one day will come when we will come together to work. Forgive and forget whatever mistake of the past. Come September, we will sing victory song.”