The former national Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, took his audience by surprise when he knelt down while apologising to traditional rulers in Edo state for endorsing incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki in the Edo 2016 governorship election.
Oshiomhole, also a former governor of Edo state, tendered his unreserved apology on Sunday at a meeting of Enigies (traditional rulers) in Benin Kingdom with the APC candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
He criticised the incumbent Governor Obaseki, his estranged predecessor and benefactor, for allegedly abandoning the projects his administration initiated and for “frittering away the trust and resources of the state on ineffectual consultancies and MOUs.”
Oshiomhole disclosed that he supported the governorship aspiration of Mr Obaseki in 2016 to ensure the continuity of his projects and programmes.
“I have made my honest mistakes. Only God is perfect. I am now 68 years. I have come to apologise for the mistake of supporting Obaseki in 2016.
“I am in Edo to repair my mistakes. God had a reason for what happened to Ize-Iyamu in 2016. Leaving as the National Chairman of APC is to give me enough time to correct my errors.
“Obaseki pretended for almost eight years, while he did not believe in what I was doing as the governor.
“In 2007, Ize-Iyamu stepped down for me. In 2012, he was the Director-General of my re-election campaign organisation and we won in all the 18 local government areas of Edo. I will work for the election of Ize-Iyamu.
The former governor urged the governorship candidate of the APC in Edo to keep to his promises.
He expressed optimism that he (Ize-Iyamu) would emerge victorious on September 19 governorship election in the state.
Mr Ize-Iyamu, while earlier speaking, stated that Edo governor had not done well in almost four years and had lost focus, while urging people of the state to massively vote for him on September 19.
TellAfrica had reported that the incumbent governor who has since defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to actualise his second term ambition after losing out in the APC ticket, will square up with Mr Ize-Iyamu for the governorship poll on September 19.
It would be recalled that Mr Ize-Iyamu who, also in December, defected to the APC was the PDP flag bearer in 2016.