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Obaseki may resolve crisis with Oshiomhole days ahead

 Governor  Godwin Obaseki (2nd right); his wife, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki (3rd right); Former National Chairman, , Chief John Odigie-Oyegun (4th right); his wife, Mrs. Victoria Oyegun (4th left); Emeritus Archbishop Patrick Ekpu (3rd left); President Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria and Archbishop of Benin City, Augustine Akubueze (2nd left); Bishop, Uromi Catholic Diocese, Donatus Ogun (left); and Bishop, Auchi Catholic Diocese, Gabriel Dunia (Auchi), at Chief Odigie-Oyegun's 80th birthday thanksgiving service in Benin City, Edo State, on Monday, August 12, 2019
  • Says no personal deep misunderstanding with Oshiomhole

 By Isaac Olamikan, Senior Correspondent, Benin

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said that he has met with his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and that efforts are being made to resolve issues created by third parties in the state, stressing that there are no fundamental issues between them.

The governor said this in his address during a mass at the St Paul Catholic Church, in Benin City, to mark the 80th birthday of the first executive governor of Edo State, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, on Monday.

According to him, “I thank you very much for the remarkable homily. I listened very attentively and I have taken every word in your remark to heart and very seriously. I want to assure you that we are in pursuit of peace and we will have peace in Edo State.


“We have met – me and my predecessor in office – and fortunately, we do not have any fundamental issues. And because we do not have any fundamental issues, I believe that whatever third parties are trying to propagate I am sure we can talk over it. I assure you that very soon things will return to normalcy in Edo State.”


He said the state government, in line with the spirit of Nigeria’s national anthem, will not forget the labour of past heroes, which he said, shall never be in vain.


“Today we are here to celebrate our own Chief Odigie-Oyegun. On behalf of the people and Government of Edo State, I want to congratulate you on your 80th birthday,” Obaseki said.


The governor announced that the state government has named the soon-to-be-completed Civil Service Training Center after Chief Oyegun, for his contributions to the development of the state and the country at large.


“For your contributions and what you have done for our dear state, I have decided to name the public service academy, which is under construction, after you. We know your passion for public service; we know and acknowledge the contributions you made to public service in Nigeria. Therefore, we have decided to name this edifice which will be completed within the next 60 days, by the grace of God, after you. President Muhammadu Buhari will come and commission the academy, with you standing beside him. It will be known as the John Odigie-Oyegun Institute for Public Administration.”












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