The National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has told of how Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, mediated between him and Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki to end their conflict.
The former Edo governor and his predecessor have been embroiled in public row.
Oshiomhole in an interview with Vanguard explained that their rift was precipitated by Gov. Obaseki’s decision to sideline politicians in the governance of the state, and failure to complete some of the projects he inherited from his (Oshiomhole’s) administration in particular the Central Hospital.
The APC chairman said the stance of the governor baffled him and he had to tell Dangote to call him to order.
His word: “At a point I felt so embarrassed and I went to Aliko Dangote who is a mutual friend of the governor and myself and I said, I am unable to understand why the governor can not open the hospital. Meanwhile the equipment is there with warranty and whether you open the hospital or not those warranties are running and if they run out and tomorrow you have a problem, you need another money to buy equipment or to repair the old one.
“Aliko Dangote, God will bless him. He told Godwin that if you build a factory and lock it up for two years, what will happen is that the grease will dry up, the oil will dry up and you will invest a lot of money to service the machines before they can be operated. Not to talk about sensitive hospital equipment. He then asked the governor to go and open the hospital. And I get bashed every day because people believe there is nothing inside the hospital. But I am no more the governor, so I cannot go there to defend myself. I live with this pain even though I did my best to provide that facility to the people of Edo state and indeed Nigerians who are in Edo and may need medical care. When the governor refused to open the hospital after I complained to Dangote, I asked the company to do a documentary on all the equipment at the hospital and I placed it on different Television stations including Channels.”