Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State, has said he has no personal grudges against his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole.
Governor Obaseki made this known at the Centenary Birthday Thanksgiving of Monsignor Thomas Oleghe and 18th Canonical Erection Anniversary of the Diocese of Auchi held at Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Auchi on Saturday.
Both men greeted with an elbow-bump in compliance with COVID-19 preventive protocols, the first time they have been seen exchanging pleasantries in public since their political relationship turned sour in 2020.
In a statement issued by his office after the event, Governor Obaseki said he and Oshiomhole are both sons of Edo with the interest of the state at heart.
He, however, noted that he has an issue with the style of politics of his predecessor, who is also the former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“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,” the statement quoted the governor as saying.
Oshiomhole, on his own part, described his successor as ‘his brother and friend.’
“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,” he added.
Obaseki was denied the APC ticket to run for a second term as governor despite being elected on the party’s platform in 2016.
The intra-party wrangling of the APC, which was then headed by Oshiomhole, forced the governor to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on whose platform he defeated Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC candidate and the anointed candidate of Oshiomhole in the 2020 Edo State governorship election.