Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has said he holds no malice against his estranged benefactor, Adams Oshiomhole, former chairman of ALL Progressives Congress, APC, who had worked tirelessly to unseat him as governor.
Obaseki stated this as the Independent National Electoral Commission issued him and his deputy, Phillip Shaibu, certificates of return on Tuesday in Benin City.
He called Adams Oshiomhole; and the APC candidate in the Saturday governorship election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, to put their differences aside and work for the betterment of the state.
The governor said, “I want to use this occasion 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 in the approach in moving Edo forward.”
He added, “To our friends and our brothers on the other side of the divide, we are one family in the pursuit to provide services and public good for our citizens.
“Our citizens have decided that as for now, they trust us more to provide them leadership. It does not mean that they do not have a role to play. It does not mean that they are not part of a family.
“I’m using this opportunity to extend the hand of fellowship to my brother, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and his other colleagues in the All Progressives Congress to join us and work with us so that we can move Edo forward.”
INEC’s National Commissioner in charge of Edo, Rivers, and Bayelsa States, Mrs May Agbmuche-Mbu, made the presentation at the INEC office in Aduwawa, Benin City.
INEC had declared Obaseki as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, as the winner of the keenly contested election.
INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, said Obaseki polled 307,955 votes to defeat his challenger, Ize-Iyamu, who got 223,619 votes.