Monday, April 25, 2016 6:33 pm
*Former political foes reconcile inside church
The former Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih has declared that he has forgiven his foremost political foe and Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole.
He made the declaration weekend, at the 10th Anniversary of St Anthony’s Catholic Church, Uromi, where the Governor was given an award for his services to the Church.
“I want to say this, it is not because Adams is here. Last night, I was telling my wife that I met Adams in the church, and with my immediate medical experience, I have decided to forgive all those who offended me. And I specifically mentioned Adams.
“Adams, without you saying it, I have forgiven you. As you said when you were in labour, as President, you were my son and you know it. You came into politics and you remain my son. So, the common cook that used to cook ogbono soup for us is still there,” he said.
Earlier in his speech, Governor Oshiomhole who could be best described as Anenih’s worst political enemy who taunted him for several years, referred to him as “my daddy. “
The Governor praised the Catholic Church for bringing people of different political persuasions together under one roof for the Church programme.
“Yesterday, I found myself sitting in the front row, and then I realized that most of those drivers and shakers of politics and ‘politricking’ in Edo State, are all Catholics. That, for me, is revealing.
“For me, the church has caused all of us to reunite in the State. So, I reunite with my daddy Chief Tony Anenih and several other PDP leaders and APC leaders. And the Catholic Church brought together the national Chairman of APC sitting side-by-side with the national leader of PDP.
“May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ continue to moderate our actions and remind us of our oneness, of our commonality and of our shared commitment to work together to uplift our state and our great nation.”
Commenting on the award conferred on him, the Governor thanked the Church, saying “I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the honour done to me by being invited to receive an award.”