Former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole has confirmed that the incumbent Governor, Godwin Obaseki is more competent than him and “will bring more development to the state.”
Oshiomhole handed over to Obaseki in 2016, after eight uninspiring years in the saddle.
Oshiomhole made the confession when he spoke with State House correspondents after Progressives Governors met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja sometime ago.
Oshiomhole, also pledged that he doesn’t care if Obaseki betrays him at the end of the day, but would like his allegiance to be to the people and not him.
He also revealed that his service to the people of the state was the main tactics he engaged to give the All Progressives Congress (APC) edge over the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that ruled the state for nine years.
According to him; “that is very important if you say he will 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 says that he will defend the constitution of the Federal Republic 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 for eight years and I had a successor, there was no story of me having conflict with my predecessor. Because conflict only arise when you refuse to accept that when your tenure is over, it is over.” He said
Oshiomhole explained that he would want to be remembered for fighting the godfathers. He said he will want to be remembered as one who sent the godfathers on retirement in Edo State.
“I am a product of struggle as a result of my many years of being exploited fighting the oppressors, I deployed those skills and I defeated them. At a point they said I should allow the man to talk, did the electorate complain?”. He queried.
On what he will want to be remembered for after leaving office, he said, “I want to be remembered as a factory worker who worked and laboured as a daily paid worker in the most subordinates post in textile mill rising to become leader of the textile union and eventually spending eight years as NLC president, then going back home to confront the most feared and vicious godfathers that monopolised Edo state. I fought godfathers, which is essential to make way for liberal democracy”.