We are brothers, Oshiomhole, Obaseki embrace in public

A former Edo State governor Adams Oshiomhole on Saturday exchanged pleasantries with his successor Godwin Obaseki for the first time since the latter’s re-election last year.

Mr Oshiomhole, who is also former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, met Mr Obaseki in Auchi, Edo State at the centenary birthday thanksgiving of Msgr. Thomas Oleghe and 18th canonical erection anniversary of the diocese of Auchi held at Immaculate Conception Cathedral.

Oshiomhole described Obaseki, who exchanged greetings with an elbow-bump in compliance with COVID-19 preventive protocols, as his brother and friend.

According to a statement from the governor’s office, Obaseki also said he has no personal grudges against his predecessor but only disliked his style of politics.

The governor said, “I don’t have anything personal against Oshiomhole. I may not like his politics, but he has not done anything personal against me. We all are interacting with the interest of the country and the development of our community at heart.”

Oshiomhole was quoted as saying: “Once the governor speaks, the matter ends. The governor knows that pensioners here might not be able to do much, that is why he said every other thing required to complete the hostel of the Catholic School of Nursing and Midwifery in Uzairue, his government will do.”

Oshiomhole and Obaseki went hard at each other in the build-up to Edo governorship polls in 2020.

Obaseki was forced to seek re-election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party after being denied the APC ticket, a move orchestrated by Oshiomhole who favoured Osagie Ize-Iyamu instead.