By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—THE leadership of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State held a strategic meeting to reconcile the frosty relationship between Governor Adams Oshiomhole and his deputy, Dr Pius Odubu, who is gunning to succeed his boss in the forthcoming September 10 governorship election in the state.
It was learned that the peace meeting which lasted several hours threw up a lot of revelations as regards the root of the crisis, just as both leaders aired their minds on several issues and resolved to continue to work together in the interest of the people of the state.
All had not been well between the duo since Odubu declared his interest to run for the governorship of the state, particularly when it became clear that his boss Oshiomhole was backing the candidature of Chairman of the Economic Team of the state government, Mr Godwin Obaseki.
Contrary to the insinuations that there were attempts to ask the deputy to jettison his ambition, Governor Oshiomhole was said to have told his deputy to pursue his ambition without fear or favour as he was prepared to support whoever wins the APC primaries at the governorship election.
It was disclosed at the meeting that politicians who were bent on destroying the cordial relationship which had existed between the duo since 2008 when they came into office, were fuelling the crisis for personal interest.
Some of the leaders who facilitated the meeting include the former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftain Affairs in the state, Chief Lucky James, member representing Etsako federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr Philip Shuaibu, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Patrick Obahiagbon, state Commissioner for Works, Osarodion Ogie and some top traditional rulers in the state.