- Goodluck Jonathan has showered encomiums on the Edo state governor
- The former president in its praises described the visit to Obaseki's residence as customary
- Jonathan urged the Edo governor to continue with the projects in transforming the state
Nigeria's former president Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday, February 23, visited Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki at his residence amid the crisis rocking the state.
Jonathan while hailing Obaseki for providing impactful and purposeful leadership in the state, urged him to continue his developmental strides, Vanguard reports.
Nigeria's former leader was in Edo state to thank the founder of Igbinedion University, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion for conferring on him an honorary degree. He also described the courtesy visit as noting but customary.
The former president speaking to reporters after the courtesy visit said: “Traditionally as someone who has been a President or a senior political office holder, when you go to a state, you have to pay a courtesy call on the Chief Executive; even if you are free or not, at least you must inform him.”
Jonathan went on to note that Obaseki is working tirelessly to transform the state and commended him for his transformational projects and reforms in Edo state.
Legit.ng gathered previously reported that Obaseki took a swipe at his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, saying he is behaving with impunity. The Edo governor said the national chairman of the ruling APC is supposed to inform the state government of any of his visits as courtesy demands.
The ruling APC chairman had attended the funeral ceremony of late Cecilia Agbonyinma, mother of Hon Ehiozuwa Agbonyinma, in Benin City.
An earlier report had it that there were fears that Oshiomhole would be booed by residents and politicians loyal to Obaseki, with whom he had been engaged in a running battle. Oshiomhole was received by some top members of his party including Pius Odubu, General Charles Airhiavbere, and Samson Osagie.
It was learned that soldiers and policemen took over the entrance of the airport with their vehicles stationed strategically. Also stationed at various areas within the airport were men of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
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