The gladiators: Gov Obaseki and Comrade Oshiomhole
L-R: Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki; APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole; and Deputy Governor of Edo State, Comrade Philip Shuaibu

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has blamed people with selfish interests for magnifying the perceived rift between him and his successor, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State.

Oshiomhole also said it was unfortunate that the media bought into these clandestine plots and have continued to create imaginary factions within the governing party for pecuniary gains.

Speaking on Monday night while hosting Governor Obaseki, with members of his cabinet to the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations at his Iyamoh residence in Estako West Local Government Area of the state, Oshiomhole insisted that there was no cause for alarm over his relationship with the Governor.

The APC National Chairman told journalists after a closed-door meeting lasting about an hour that the engagement was noting unusual as he was in constant touch with Governor Obaseki who he described as “my brother.”

“From time to time, we have always been meeting. It is not an unusual visit, the meeting afforded me the opportunity to meet with my brother and with people I have worked with”, Oshiomhole said.

Also speaking after the meeting, Governor Obaseki said the visit to his predecessor was not unusual, saying the decision to celebrate with his former boss was in tune with the spirit of the Sallah period.

According to him, the visit was to celebrate Edo leaders just as the former APC national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, was celebrated by the state earlier in the day.

“There is nothing unusual about this meeting; today is Sallah and we have just finished celebrating with the former APC national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun in Benin City and we decided to come here to celebrate Sallah with my predecessor,” Obaseki said.

The Governor said those assuming and wishing that there is a rift between him and his predecessor, Comrade Oshiomhole should have a re-think because all is well within Edo state.

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