By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA—Outgoing governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday, said he would not interfere in the administration of the incoming governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, saying the face-off between most leaders especially former governors and their successors usually arose as a result of inordinate interest.
Oshiomhole, who spoke to State House correspondents at the end of a meeting between president Muhammdu Buhari and governors elected on All Progressives Congress, APC, platform at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, however, said Obaseki would work to better the lot of Edo people.
According to him: “It is very important if you say he will not disappoint me. I am not the state. I am only one out of about four million Edo people. So, his obligation and his loyalty should be to the people of Edo State. The oath of office he is going to subscribe to, says that he will defend the constitution of Nigeria.
He will do everything to uplift the quality of life of Edo people. Nothing in his oath of office will include ‘I shall not betray my predecessor’ because I have no interest to be betrayed. For me, I have presided over Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC for eight years and I had a successor.
There was no story of me having conflict with my successor because conflict only arises when you refuse to accept that when your tenure is over, it is over.”
Dismissing criticisms about his campaign for Obaseki, the governor said it was not out of place, explaining that “as for the campaign, and this is the problem. The media picks the negatives from the mouth of those who are the least competent that I campaigned for him, I was this or I was that.
That is the way it should be. Look at what is going on in the US. Is Obama not vigorously campaigning for Clinton? Is Obama’s wife, the First Lady of US not as vigorously, perhaps, much more than Bill Clinton?
“But these are skills I acquired from short floor (working in the factory) which they will never acquire.”