The senator representing Edo North Senatorial District, Adams Oshiomhole, has described the Governor Edo state, Godwin Obaseki, as his friend despite their political differences.
The former governor of the state said this, according to a statement on Saturday, during his goodwill message at the 2023 Alaghodaro Summit held in Benin City.
Oshiomhole said, “Being friends doesn’t mean we can’t disagree or have different opinions but we must treat ourselves with love and care. Regardless of what people say, we should not give the impression that different options translate to war.
“We definitely belong to different political parties but the total of those parties is not equal to Edo State. What this means to me is that we can play politics 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 that of ideology, even if we share the same destination but the route to get there may differ, it should not be a matter of war.
“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.”
Also speaking, Obaseki noted that his administration focused on six thematic pillars, including institutional reforms, economic revolution, social welfare, and infrastructure development, among others.
Presenting the eight-point communiqué reached at the end of the meeting to journalists, a former governor of the state, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, said the parley became necessary to set an agenda for the unity and sustainable growth and development of the senatorial district