Former governor Adams Oshiomhole said that despite their political differences, he and his successor, Godwin Obaseki, are not enemy. During his goodwill message at the 2023 Alaghodaro Summit in Benin, Oshiomhole highlighted that being friends doesn’t preclude the possibility of disagreement or differing opinions.
Expressing gratitude to Obaseki for hosting the summit and extending an invitation, Oshiomhole stressed the importance of conveying to the world that they were friends, not foes. He asserted that friendship doesn’t eliminate the potential for disagreement but underscores the need to treat each other with love and care.
Oshiomhole urged leaders not to convey the impression that diverse opinions lead to conflict, emphasizing the necessity of taking decisive steps to address the challenges faced by the people. Despite political party differences, Oshiomhole acknowledged the shared commitment to the well-being of Edo State citizens.
Addressing the audience, Obaseki highlighted his government’s achievements over the past seven years, focusing on institutional reforms, economic revolution, social welfare, infrastructure development, environmental sustainability, and arts and culture. Former governors Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and Chief Lucky Igbinedion commended Obaseki’s visionary leadership during the summit.
Themed “The Edo Story: Creating Shared Opportunities into the Future,” the Alaghodaro Summit, an annual event organized by the Edo Government in collaboration with the private sector, serves to mark the anniversary of Obaseki’s tenure and showcase the state’s progress in becoming an investment hub.