- Governor Godwin Obaseki has shown compassion with his victory
- The newly reelected governor called on Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Adams Oshiomhole to join him in building Edo state
- Obaseki also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for safeguarding the principles of democracy
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Edo state's newly reelected governor, Godwin Obaseki, has extended hands of companionship to the members of the opposition parties including the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Obaseki stated that the time of election is over and the next thing henceforth is for the opposition members and his former benefactors to join him in moving Edo forward.
While being presented with his returning certificate alongside his deputy Philips Shaibu, on Tuesday, September 22, Obaseki called on his predecessor and former mentor, Adams Oshiomhole, and the candidate of APC in the Saturday, September 19 poll to join the moving train.
Legit.ng earlier reported how Obaseki urged Ize-Iyamu to embrace peace and join him in moving the state forward.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with BBC on Sunday, September 20, after being declared the winner of the keenly contested election, the governor told Ize-Iyamu that the people have decided and it was high time he moved on.
Obaseki comfortably sailed to the shore of victory and was declared winner, having met all requirements by polling 307,955 and winning 13 out of the 18 local government areas in Edo state.
Also speaking on Tuesday at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Benin, Obaseki thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for protecting the principle of democracy.
The governor told Oshiomhole to join him build what he was part of its foundation.
"I use this opportunity to extend the hands of fellowship to my brother, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and his other colleagues in the APC as well as other parties to join hands with us to move Edo forward.
“I call on Adams Oshiomhole that the fight is over and he should come and join in building the house which he was part of, in laying the foundation. We have no malice, but only disagree on the approach in moving Edo forward," the governor said.
Meanwhile, Obaseki had earlier vowed to show no clemency on his former mentor and godfather Oshiomhole if he continued to "unleash his lions."
The governor said he would not chase Oshiomhole out as the former APC national chairman threatened him. He said he would, however, show no mercy if Oshiomhole continued to constitute nuisance by unleashing his lions.
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