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Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, yesterday, told his Edo State counterpart, Godwin Obaseki, that he would do everything possible to woo him back to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Recall that on the road to the 2020 governorship election in Edo, Obaseki. Governor Obaseki defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from APC. Although his defection followed his disqualification by the APC screening committee over issues relating to his certificate.
Obaseki defeated the candidate of the APC, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, at that governorship election. This weakened the influence of his predecessor and political foe, Adams Oshiomhole, the erstwhile National Chairman of the APC, in the ruling party.
Speaking on Wednesday during the swearing-in ceremony for his second term in office, Akeredolu said he has heard from different Quarters that Obaseki had returned to the APC.
‘They said you have returned to the fold, and we are happy to have you,‘ he said while thanking various dignitaries who graced the occasion.
A little drama ensued thereafter as Obaseki, who was among the personalities that attended the event, made a no-no gesture. Akeredolu then added: ‘If they cannot bring you back, I will bring you back.’
Also in attendance were governors Gboyega Oyetola (Osun), Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), and Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti). National Leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, and pioneer national chairman of the APC, Bisi Akande also graced the event.
Akeredolu, who was sworn in along with his deputy, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, vowed to improve the welfare of the people of the state.
He promised to consolidate on the achievements recorded by his administration during his first term and ensure that everyone was carried along in the scheme of governance.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK