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Edo State Governor and Governor-elect, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has extended a hand of fellowship to his opponents in last Saturday’s election, especially leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to join hands with him to move the state forward.
However, he warned that there will be mercy for his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, if he creates problems in the state via negative remarks.
President Muhammadu Buhari and former President Olusegun Obasanjo had in their congratulatory messages to Obaseki, urged him to be magnanimous in victory and carry his opponents along to reduce passions in Edo.
Apparently heeding the advice, Obaseki, while receiving his certificate of return at the INEC office in Aduwawa, Benin City, yesterday, said the fight is over between him and the former chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole.
He called on the flagbearer of the APC, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and other members to join in the administration of the state.
“I am using this opportunity to extend a hand of fellowship to my brother, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and other colleagues in the APC to join us and work with us so that we can move Edo forward.
“On a specific note, I want to use this opportunity to call on the former chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole that the fight is over and he should come and join in building the house where he was part of laying the foundation. We have no malice. The only thing we disagreed on is the approach in moving Edo State forward,” he said.
Obaseki added that both members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP and APC are one family and cooperation is needed in moving Edo State forward.
“To our friends and brothers on the other side of the divide, we are one family in the pursuit to provide services and public goods for our citizens.
“Our citizens have decided that for now, they trust us more to provide the leadership. It does not mean that they do not have a role to play. It does not mean that they are not part of the family,” the governor stressed.
The electoral body had earlier issued certificates of return to Governor Obaseki, and his deputy, Phillip Shaibu at the INEC office in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
The National Commissioner, INEC in charge of Edo, Rivers, and Bayelsa, Mrs May Agbmuche-Mbu made the presentation and commended stakeholders including the security agencies for their role in the smooth conduct of the poll.
However, the governor while speaking on ARISE TV earlier in the day, said there would be no mercy for Oshiomhole if he creates problems for the state.
Obaseki spoke as the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II , and former Edo governor and APC chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, congratulated him on his victory.
Also, the Edo governorship election tribunal set up by the Court of Appeal President has opened its secretariat to receive petitions just as the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, commended Edo people for their conduct during the poll.
If allowed, Tinubu, Oshiomhole’ll destroy our democracy — Obaseki
Obaseki said Oshiomhole and APC National Leader, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu constitute a threat to Nigeria’s democracy.
Obaseki fell out with Oshiomhole in the build-up to the Edo governorship election.
Oshiomhole, who was instrumental to Obaseki’s victory in 2016, became the governor’s antagonist and threw his weight behind Ize-Iyamu, who was Obaseki’s major rival in 2016.
A few days to the election, Tinubu did a TV broadcast asking the people of Edo to vote out Obaseki on the grounds that he is a dictator.
Notwithstanding, Obaseki won the poll, beating Ize-Iyamu with a margin of 84,336 votes. He secured 307,955 votes across 18 local government areas while Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the APC, polled 223,619 votes.
Speaking on ARISE TV yesterday, Obaseki, according to online portal, The Cable, said if nothing is done to clip the wings of Tinubu and Oshiomhole, they will destroy the country’s democracy.
“The challenge with people like Oshiomhole and Ahmed Tinubu is that if they do not accept and change their style and attitude, they pose a big danger to our democracy because they are extra-constitutional players,” Obaseki said.
“They constituted themselves into what they say they are without any constitutional responsibilities and try to overlord themselves over people who have constitutional authority and if we allow them to continue, it will destroy our democracy.”