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Apr 11, 2012
Edo PDP – Obasanjo never endorsed Oshiomhole
Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday in Benin, said the visit of former
President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees to
Edo State Government House must not be misconstrued as support for Governor
The party, in a statement by its state Publicity
Secretary, Mr. Matthew Urhighide, explained that the former President merely
transited the Benin Airport en-route Delta State to attend the birthday party
of his long-time friend and colleague in the army, Colonel Mike Okwechime.
He said: “As an elder statesman who is versed in
official protocol, Chief Obasanjo thought it appropriate to pay a courtesy
visit on the governor of Edo State. The visit which lasted for just about ten
minutes must not be mistaken by Edo State PDP members and indeed the people of
Edo State to mean endorsement for the governor.”
He also said that Oshiomhole was well known to
Obasanjo as two-term president of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, at the
same time that he (Obasanjo) was president, adding that both men
interacted closely at various times during the period.
He noted that Chief Obasanjo, from his past
utterances had not been impressed with Oshiomhole as NLC leader, saying: “We
are also aware that Chief Obasanjo had never used kind and adulating words to
describe Governor Oshomhole and his administration in the past three and a half
years. This is not the time he can so do. There is not much we can say on this
as Nigerians know better.
“This position will hopefully be made apparent
when Chief Obasanjo addresses the people of Edo State at the Presidential Rally
to conclude the gubernatorial elections in the state.”