How I reconciled with Anenih before his death, by Oshiomhole
Oshiomhole who paid a condolence visit to the family of Anenih in Abuja, said the late statesman would be sorely missed, not only by the PDP but the citizenry in Edo State.
Lamenting the demise of Anenih, Oshiomhole recalled his public encounter with Anenih where they both settled their differences.
He said he had great respect for him. “But the good news is that, as if he knew this was going to happen, about a year ago, I attended an event in Uromi at the Catholic Church, and that was shortly after he returned from his medical trip abroad.
“On that occasion, Anenih said I have told my wife just yesterday, that he has forgiven all those who offended him in his political life, particularly Adams, even if he does not ask for it. This was in the Catholic Church. We are both Catholics.
And when it was my turn to also make a speech, I said as a father, I have also forgiven him as his son. But the good news is that these issues were never personal, we did not quarrel over family land, we did not quarrel over family issues, we quarreled over what is the best way to govern Edo State,” he said.
He said: “I acknowledge that Anenih was a strong political leader whose influence went beyond Edo State. Considering that he come from a minority state, he was able to stamp his authority, and influence the direction of his party as long as he did.
“So for the PDP family, I believe it was a huge loss, but on my part, we in Edo recognised him as a father, even by mere reason of his age, he was old enough to be my father, and I never hesitated to admit that.”
The APC chairman stressed: “But I had always told him that when you have many children, they may not all agree with the way Daddy runs the house. And politically I was not able to agree with his political values and some of the tactics he resorted to.”
National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Lanre Issa-Onilu and his Chief of Staff, Abass Braimah, accompanied Oshiomhole to Anenih’s residence.