I’ve for­got­ten the past – Edo dep gov

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Us­man A. Bello, Benin

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.

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