Two-time governor of the defunct Midwest region and Bendel State, Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia, has given kudos to Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, saying the outgoing governor has done well in eight years and his achievements unquantifiable.
Speaking during a ‘Thank You’ and farewell visit to the governor in his office, the elder statesman said he would spend a full day if allowed, to talk about the good records of the outgoing governor.
He said: “I am here to thank His Excellency, Comrade Oshiomhole for taking care of me throughout his tenure. People have come to me to ask, what have I got to say about Comrade Oshiomhole and most importantly what have I got to say about his achievements, what he has done? And my answer is simple: I said, if I spend the whole day narrating what he has done, there is no newspaper or television house that will have time for that. So, let us discuss what he has not done. We spent the next two minutes going round and there was nothing left. So, he has done everything that needed to be done by anybody occupying this position for eight years.”
He continued, “If there is anything to be done, and we are expecting that he should complete everything, then the constitution should be amended to allow him to continue, but unfortunately or fortunately, the constitution of Nigeria does not allow a governor, or head of state to stay for more than two tenures. And those two tenures he has completed creditably.
“We have made progress, our money has been wisely spent. I thank you for everything.
“So, I came here, with my son and my wife to say, thank you for taking care of me. We also hope that one day, some group of people will be assembled to pray for him and the achievements of the state.”
Responding, Governor Oshiomhole thanked Dr. Ogbemudia for the honour accorded him and his deputy. He said, “I want to thank you for the honour, on behalf of Pius and I. We are humbled by your very kind word, and for all the support that you have generously extended to us since we assumed office.
“Even when you were still active and in the other political party, there was never a barrier in our relationship.”
The Governor continued, “I want to thank you for the support. I want to thank you for being a father to all of us, for showing that each and every one of us can define our place in history and choose the colour with which our testimonial will be written.