Senator Adams Oshiomhole, representing Edo North, characterized Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State as his friend, despite their political variances. During his message at the ongoing 2023 Alaghodaro Summit in Benin City, the former State Governor emphasized their amicable relationship, asserting that they are friends, not adversaries.
Oshiomhole remarked, “Regardless of what people say, we should not give the impression that different opinions translate to war. Having [had] the privilege of being governor, I have high regard for the Office of the Governor and for the governor himself.”
As a prominent member of the All Progressives Congress, Oshiomhole highlighted the significance of diverse political affiliations but underscored the shared commitment to the well-being of the citizens of Edo State.
He noted, “What this means to me is that we can politic differently but never have doubt about the shared commitment to the citizens of the state that should be the greatest in Nigeria. The language of leaders matters to followers. What defines democracy is ideology; even if we share the same destination, the route to get there may differ; it should not be a matter of war.”
Oshiomhole concluded by affirming the friendship, stating, “I thought the world should know that Godwin is my friend. It doesn’t matter; being friends does not mean we cannot debate or disagree but being friends means we treat ourselves with love and care and bring our followers together.”