Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Edo State Governor, has turned down the possibility of reconciling his protracted differences with the Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion.
Oshiomhole said he was not ready to make amends with the man who thinks he is bigger than the entire Edo State.
He made this remark during the weekend when he visited Chief Igbinedion’s country home in Okada, Ovia North-East Local Government Area.
The former NLC president said he had no problem with Chief Igbinedion but that his duty as governor of the state was to protect both the rich and the poor, adding that it was in the discharge of such duties as the state governor that resulted in the brawl with the elder states man.
According to him, “I heard the Chairman talking about my quarrel with Igbinedion. I have no problem with anybody. There are only four levels of government, federal, state, local and traditional institution. The House of Igbinedion does not belong to any of this. He is a chief and I respect him as a chief but he must respect constituted authorities, the office of the governor of Edo State. This governor cannot be harassed, he cannot be blackmailed. And I stand ready to defend that office.”