*Obaseki’s Action Draws Loud Applause
By Hamilton Nwosa(Head, The New Diplomat’s Polling, Research & data desk)
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and his predecessor and former chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, met again on Saturday.
The two political rivals met at the Centenary Birthday Thanksgiving of Msgr. Thomas Oleghe and 18th Canonical Erection Anniversary of the Diocese of Auchi held at Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Auchi, Etsako-West Local Government Area of the state.
To the surprise of many, they exchanged greetings with an elbow-bump in compliance with COVID-19 preventive protocols.
Speaking with journalists at the event, Governor Obaseki whose conduct through out the event drew large and thunderous applause from various participants at the event said he holds no grudge against Oshiomhole.
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.”
The governor said the Zonal Congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which was scheduled to hold this Saturday, was postponed due to the local government elections taking place in Delta State.
“The Zonal Congress, which was to hold today has been postponed to Tuesday and it’s a normal routine to satisfy the party’s constitution; there is nothing amiss,” he added.
On his part, Coimdre Oshiomhole, who was a guest at the event, hailed his successor, Governor Obaseki, describing him as ‘his brother and friend.”
Oshiomhole stated: “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.”