In a revealing and explosive interview with the Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole he told The Sun about his life as a politician. Recently, he met with President Muhammadu Buhari and thereafter spoke about his achievements in the state, why PDP did not stand a chance in the last election, what he wants to be remembered for and why he does not habour any fears that his successor will betray him. Below is the interview he revealed how he felt about his wife and retirement.
Any regrets eight years down the lane?
Going forward, I’m just being honest with you, from the age of 17, I have never had the benefit of one month holiday because I joined this trade union thing out of harassment; since then as they say, a child who says his mother shall not sleep, the child must also remain awake. Trying to speak truth to power whether in a private firm and later at the federal level, I had to also get myself engaged in a street fight across the country.
I went to Edo as a governor but as a governor fighting the godfathers every day every minute, so I have never really rested. So right now, I’m over 60, I think it is time I rest and to be a good husband because I am newly married, I need to spend some quality time. Because a lot of Nigerian men do not understand that the real victims of men being in political office is their wives, they just become absentee husbands. Even though they are not physically absent, they are mentally absent and to be a good husband, you need to have both present.
I hope that now that I would be handing over to a very competent hand, more competent than myself, I have every reason now to enjoy the rest of my life and spend time with my wife, my kids and tell stories. I will try to write my own memoirs and I enjoined all you Christians and Muslims to pray for me because I am an example of the infinite powers of God, a true miracle to make a factory worker the governor of the most troubled state and to succeed after eight years.
I have no regrets.