I’ve forgotten the past – Edo dep gov
The deputy governor of Edo State, Mr. Pius Odubo, said yesterday he has decided to put the past behind him and reaffirm his commitment to the success of the APC in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state.
Odubo was a frontline contender for the Edo governorship race, but did not receive the support of his boss, Governor Adams Oshiomhole, who threw his weight behind Mr. Godwin Obaseki.
Since then, there were fears that Odubo and his supporters would either move to another party to actualize their dream, or remain in the APC and work against its success.
After the primaries, Oshiomhole had said at different fora that he had reconciled with his deputy. This is the first time Odubo is confirming the development.
Speaking at a reconciliatory meeting in Benin, yesterday, to pacify aggrieved members of the APC over the outcome of the primaries, Odubo said, “We would work harder than ever before because, anyone who occupied an office will want to leave a successor behind and contest is part of politics.
“We have gone through it all, we have a winner and as a loyal party man, I am committed to working for the success of the APC,” he said.
Also in his speech, Oshiomhole said nobody could separate him with his deputy, with whom, he said, they came a long way.
“My deputy and I worked together for seven and half years, and we struggled together as candidate and running mate since 2007. We have worked together, dined together, socialized together. We have had an extremely cordial relationship and I found him to be absolutely loyal, dedicated and committed.
“The primaries have come and gone, we all know that even if all 12 aspirants were angels, only one was required and in choosing that one, nobody was required to give reasons why he preferred one angel to the other, and that is simply what played out in our party,” Oshiomhole said.