Obaseki more competent than me, says Oshiomhole

Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole yesterday said Governor-elect Godwin Obaseki is more competent than him.

The governor assured that his successor would bring more development to the state.

Oshiomhole is scheduled to hand over to Obaseki next month after eight years in the saddle.

The governor addressed State House correspondents after Progressives Governors met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja.

Oshiomhole, who worked tirelessly for Obaseki to win the September 28 election, said he did not care if Obaseki betrays him at the end of the day.

Obaseki’s allegiance, he said, should be to the people and not to him.

The governor also said his service to Edo State was the ace card he used to give the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration an edge over the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which had ruled the state for nine years.

He said: “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 he is going to subscribe to says that he will defend the Constitution of Nigeria; he will do everything to uplift the quality of life of Edo people. Nothing in his oath office will include ‘I shall not betray my predecessor’ because I have no interest to be betrayed.

“For me, I have presided over the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) for eight years and I had a successor. There was no story of me having a conflict with my predecessor. This is because a conflict only arises when you refuse to accept that when your tenure is over, it is over.”

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