Edo state Governor Godwin Obaseki said there was no animosity between him and All Progressives Congress candidate Osagie Ize-Iyamu for the September 19 election of the Edo State.
Obaseki explained that he treats the APC candidate as his younger brother, and he (Ize- Iyamu and him) reciprocates with respect as an older brother, Globalgistng reports.
The incumbent Governor spoke at the palace of the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, on Wednesday when key political players gathered for a peace meeting, as earlier reported by us.
Governor Obaseki claimed he had never and would not participate in any election violence as the chief security officer of the state.
“Actually, the point I’ll make, Your Majesty, is that I’m acting in two capacities: as the chief security officer of the State as the incumbent Governor and as a candidate. I think it’s important that I make that separation, he said.
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“That’s why I’m emphasising that as the chief security officer and incumbent, I swore to an oath and I don’t have any issue with swearing to that oath to my God that I will not participate, I’ve never participated, I’ll never participate in violence particularly when it affects the people I’m governing.
“I’ll never. I’ve never. Let it also be on record that I have no problem whatsoever with my brother, Osagie Ize-Iyamu. We are contesting for the same position but we have no personal animosity between us.
“I treat him like my younger brother and he respects me. He gives me my respect and that is the relationship we enjoy. So, Your Majesty, I just wanted to make that point.”