‘…No Room For Vengeance’
Sequel to the verdict of the President, Court of Appeal, Justice Umar Abdulahi-led appeal panel, Comrade
Adams Oshiomhole of the Action Congress (AC) was on Wednesday sworn-in as the governor of Edo State.
Oshiomhole assumed office with a threat that all those he termed agents of devil, who attached and killed innocent citizens during the April 14, 2007 election would be made accountable.
The inauguration, which was held at Sam Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, was attended by the National Chairman of the AC, Chief Bisi Akande, the Party’s Vice-Presidential Candidate, Senator Ben Obi and former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola and his Anambra State counterpart, Peter Obi, Osun State governorship candidate of AC, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola and his Ekiti State counterpart, Kayode Fayemi, and the President, Nigerian Labour congress (NLC), Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar were also there.
Delivering his inaugural speech, Oshiomhole, who appeared in his usual Khaki trademark, said that there would be no room for unnecessary protocol and ceremonies.
Oshiomhole said that his administration would not embark on mission to settle scores, even though, many of his supporters may be thinking in that direction, urging his supporters to shun vengeance and be at the forefront of reconciliation in the state.
According to him, the verdict of the appellate court had indicated that he and the people of the state were denied their right, but the judiciary had done justice by returning the stolen mandate, thereby making vengeance unnecessary.
The governor further said that since the battle to retrieve the stolen mandate had been fought and won, reconciliation, friendship and the readiness to forgive is necessary.
Oshiomhole, who renewed his electioneering campaign promises, said that his administration would change the face of the state, saying that with his administration, a new dawn has been brought to the state.
He said, “I am aware that there are many of our supporters who are angered and pained by what we have had to go through in the past 19 months. Some of them may even be nursing the spirit of vengeance. My friends, there is so much to be done. Hate and vengeance can only suffocate and impede the clarity of thought and purpose.
“The battle has been fought and won. It is now a time for unity and reconciliation. The spirit of forgiveness will open up our minds to the challenges that lie ahead. Let us blaze the moral heights by stretching our hands of forgiveness and friendship.”
Oshiomole said that his administration would set up a committee to decide on how to immortalize the three youths, who were shot dead at the Akenzua Primary School, Benin, while waiting to exercise their civic right on April 14, 2007.
The inauguration was held amidst funfair and the turn-out was unprecedented, as the joint team of policemen, soldiers and men of Nigerian Civil Defence Corps had a tough time controlling the jubilant crowd.
Compiled By Kazeem Mohammed