Adams Oshiomhole, the senator representing Edo North Senatorial District and former Governor of Edo, says the incumbent governor of the state, Godwin Obaseki, remains his friend in spite of their political and party differences
Oshiomhole spoke while giving his goodwill message at the ongoing 2023 Alaghodaro Summit in Benin.
The summit has as its theme, “The Edo Story: Creating Shared Opportunities into the Future.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Alaghodaro summit is held yearly by the Edo Government, in partnership with the private sector, to mark the anniversary of Obaseki in office.
The state government usually avail itself of the opportunity to showcase the progress being recorded in transforming the state into an investment haven.
Oshiomhole, who thanked Obaseki for hosting the Alaghodaro summit and inviting him, noted that the world should know that he and Obaseki were friends not enemies.
According to him, being friends doesn’t mean we can’t disagree or have different opinions; but we must treat ourselves with love and care.
“Regardless of what people say, we should not give the impression that different options translate to war.
“People don’t need the tears of leaders joining them to lament but taking bold steps to solve the problem facing the people.
“Having the privilege as a governor, I have high regard for the Office of the Governor and for the governor himself.
“To have all the civilian governors elected in the state present here today speaks volumes.
“We definitely belong to different political parties but the sum total of those parties is not equal to Edo State.
“What this means to me is that we can politic differently but never have doubt about the shared commitment to the citizens of the state that should be the greatest in Nigeria.
“I thought the world should know that Godwin is my friend. It doesn’t matter; being friends does not mean we cannot debate or disagree but being friends means we treat ourselves with love and care and bring our followers together.
“I am happy that with all the challenges in Nigeria, Nigeria is greater than the challenges,” he said.