By Simon Ebegbulem & Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—THERE was great outpouring of emotions yesterday at the send-off party in honour of the out-going governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, as leaders of All Progressives Congress, APC, led by its national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaeci, paid glowing tributes to the former President of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and renowned labour leader.
Other leaders at the occasion included Deputy Governor Pius Odubu, Deputy Governor-elect of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, Capt. Hosa Okunbor, Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, Elizabeth Etivie, Esogban of Benin Kingdom, Chief David Edebiri, Senator Magnus Abbe, former Deputy Speaker House of Representatives, Chibudom Nwuche, former governorship candidate of the APC in Delta State, O’tega Emerho, National Vice Chairman, APC South- South, Ntufam, Prince Hilliard Eta.
Others are Vice President of IndustriALL Global Union and General Secretary of National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, NUTGTWN, Comrade Issa Aremu, former Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Victor Ochei, former Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Thomas Okosun, APC Chairman in Edo State Anslem Ojezua, Secretary to the Edo State Government Professor, Julius Ihonvbere, Chief of Staff to Edo State Government, Patrick Obahiagbon, Senator Ehigie Uzamere, Rasaq Bello Osagie, Osarodion Ogie and representatives of APC state governments.
The chief host of the event and Minister of Transportation, Mr. Amaechi, explained that the event was organized by the APC South- South leadership to acknowledge the achievements of Governor Oshiomhole in eight years in office.
He said: “We are proud of him because he has done APC proud not only in Edo State but in the South-South. He is one of our best and we are grateful to God today that he will bow out having finished strongly to the admiration of not only Edo people but Nigerians as whole.”
In his address, Chief Oyegun said: “This is a unique event. Eight years ago when Oshiomhole became governor, his people honoured him and I was there. Today is another life time event and I must say I am privileged to be here. Since my time as a governor, I have seen him as a natural successor of my administration.
“Oshiomhole has raised this state miraculously to a higher level. Things we thought were impossible, miraculously he changed the face of Edo State. He has proved that truly Edo State is the heart-beat of the nation. What is important here is that he has changed the story of Edo State as a civil service state to an economically buoyant state.
“As your predecessor, you have made me very, very proud. The people of Edo State and the South- South see you as the hope which needs to be projected.”