By Simon Ebegbulem
THE Chairman of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) and former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, weekend described Governor Adams Oshiomhole as â€œmy sonâ€, who is committed to the development of Edo State.
His declaration followed the statement by the governor, who described Chief Anenih as â€œmy leader whom I have a personal relationship with and the membership of my party cannot change thatâ€.
The duo met during the commissioning ceremony of a N30 million Special Needs School for the Handicapped Children in Auchi, Edo State, donated by the senator representing Edo North Senatorial district, Senator Yisa Braimoh.
Chief Anenih, who was the special guest of honour, commended Governor Oshiomhole for attending the ceremony, even though the project was executed by a PDP senator, adding that his actions so far had shown that he would go far in modern day politics.
His words: â€œThe governor called me his leader and I have no apology calling him my son and my governor. I have noted that projects like this, performance, do not have political parties.
â€œFor him (Governor Oshiomhole) to be here shows his experience, his exposure, his commitment to the development of Edo State.
Others would have said the project was put there by a PDP senator, why should I go there? People like that in modern politics, they have no chance.â€
Earlier in his address, Governor Oshiomohle asserted that â€œI know a lot of people after this gathering will say you heard the governor say Chief Anenih is his leader. Well I am not saying so for the first time and I am not going to say so for the last time.
â€œThe truth of the matter is that there are a lot of people today who are in the PDP, who had used me to lobby leader (Anenih) for certain privileges. Even when I was not a member of any political party, I have had a very personal relationship with the leader and my party membership cannot change that.
â€œBut when the leader is strategizing for his party, I stay away and when I am strategizing for my party, he stays away. Our leaders must be appreciated for who they are and that is the spirit that I want to comment to our young people.
â€œLet us practice politics of accommodation and let us elevate the economic agenda that affects our people. That way we will build unity which we need, which other parts of the country will imitate.â€