Be Magnanimous In Victory — Oshiomhole, Ize-Iyamu Admonish Obaseki


Immediate past National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and the Party’s candidate in last year’s Edo State gubernatorial election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, have admonished Governor Godwin Obaseki to be magnanimous in victory.

Both APC chieftains spoke against the backdrop of last Friday’s Supreme Court ruling confirming the victory of Obaseki who was the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s flagbearer in the September 19, 2020 poll.

Speaking through his media aide, Victor Oshioke, Comrade Oshiomhole said: “Congratulations on your victory at the Supreme Court, which has effectively laid to rest all matters arising from the last election.”

The former Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President further said in his congratulatory message; “As I had repeatedly reminded you during our several meetings, our relationship has through the years developed beyond being friends to being brothers of different parents. Whatever happened is unfortunate and I believe God has a reason for everything. I have put all behind me and moved on.

“As I have consistently advised, please, be magnanimous in victory. You are the governor of all Edo people, regardless of political leanings.”

“Once again, congratulations Excellency!  Please, accept the renewed assurances of my very best wishes and high regards”, the message said

Similarly, the APC governorship candidate, Pastor Ize-Iyamu urged Governor Obaseki to urgently revisit the pending issue of the 14 State constituencies that are currently without representation at the Edo House of Assembly.

With the case still pending in court for determination, there are only 10 members that now sit and constitute the Assembly to the exclusion of others who are pursuing their case in court.

Pastor Ize-Iyamu urged Governor Obaseki to consider an out-of-court settlement, in the interest of Edo state and its people to ensure peace and serenity in the South-South state.

In congratulating the governor on his victory at the Supreme Court, Ize-Iyamu noted that the disturbing issue of elected local government chairmen, Vice Chairmen, Councillors and Supervisory Councillors, suspended or dismissed from office, need to be attended in the overall interest of the state.

For the APC chieftain, Governor Obaseki should consider settling all entitlements of the affected officers since the passing of time does not favour a return to their former offices.

He said an out of court settlement would best suit the interest of all Edo people and the state going forward.

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