A former governor of Edo State and erstwhile national Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, has joined a former aspirant for the governorship in the state, Pastor Ize Iyamu in celebrating the victory of incumbent governor Godwin Obaseki at the Supreme Court.
Obaseki, the returning governor of the state earlier appeared before the Supreme Court to defend the allegation of certificate forgery against him. His eventual victory at the court necessitated a statement made available to newsmen by Oshiomhole and via Victor Oshioke, his media aide.
It reads “Congratulations on your victory at the Supreme court, which has effectively laid to rest all matters arising from the last election.”
“As I had repeatedly reminded you during our several meetings, our relationship has through the years developed beyond being friends to being brothers of different parents. Whatever happened is unfortunate and believe God has reasons for everything.
In his words,” I have put all beyond me and moved on. As I have consistently advised, please be magnanimous in victory. You are the Governor of all Edo people regardless of political leanings. Once again, congratulations Excellency, please accept the renewed assurances of my very best wishes and high regards.
Osagie Ize Iyamu in his own address to the governor, consolidated the judgement of the Supreme court, he as well attested to its bringing a lasting end to the series of litigations over last year’s governorship election.
“For the records, your Excellency, your supporters had instituted 13 different preelection cases against my deputy and I, all seeking to disqualify us from participating in the election. On our part, the APC had only one case against your Excellency and your party.”
He confessed their deliberately not going to the Elections Tribunal because they felt it was better to allow him face the business of the state, not even when the party at the national level had congratulated him.
“We are happy that all these cases have come to an end. Now that it is all over, please accept my congratulations.
Having said that, I want to appeal to you to kindly consider the pertinent issues of the 14 constituencies, including the two in your local government_Oredo_and the two in your deputy’s local government_Etsako West_that are presently without representations at the Edo State Assembly. Though the matter is in court, you are in a vantage position to consider an Out-Of-Court settlement of the issue, in the overall interest of our state.
” Your Excellency, for us in the APC, as the opposition party in the state, we must ensure that your government always does the right thing.”