Comrade Peter Esele, one of the All Progressives Congress (APC) front running gubernatorial aspirants in Edo State on Thursday denied any rift between him and the State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, over the governor’s alleged disposition for a particular candidate ahead of the governorship election scheduled for September 10, 2016.
The former Trade Union Congress (TUC) President who spoke to newsmen in Benin City, Edo State Capital while unfolding his three points cardinal programme of his administration if elected Governor of the state attributed the purported rift to the handiwork of opposition party.
Esele who pointed out that he decided to join the gubernatorial race on the grounds of his qualification, experience and acquired skills as well as having the solution to what is lacking in the state said his government will focus on Agriculture, Culture and Education
According to him, “I told the Governor I was running, he said he has a preferred candidate and he has right to do that but again it is the delegates that will decide. I then appealed to him to provide a level playing ground, which he later agreed.
“They want a lot of rancour between me and the Governor but be that as it may if I have disagreement with the Governor I have access to him, I will go to him and let him know how I feel. When you get to a level that you become president of TUC or any leadership position, there is a responsibility attached to it. I was one of those that found it repugnant when President Jonathan and Obasanjo were exchanging letters,’’ he said.
He however promised to build on the giant strides made by the present government on Education, especially the Governor Oshiomhole red roof revolution and establish research link between university and government, grant loan facility of a 100million to universities and department that affect government directly.
Esele also promised to put aside special schools in each of the three senatorial districts for the best students with a view to create a healthy and competitive environment for all the primary and secondary school students, while the cultural programme of his administration will be promoted to become one of the major revenue earners of the state.
The former TUC President while berating the Federal Government over inability to diversify the economy said his administration would create environment that will attract and gravitate people into farming, adding that no country can be defined on the basis of crude oil.