A middle aged man, names withheld on Saturday along Akpakpava Road in Benin City, abandoned his wife and seven years old only daughter, when he ran into an expedition trek embarked upon by Governor Adams Oshiomhole and Wife, Mrs. Iara Oshiomhole to Oba Ovonranmwen Square; popularly known as Ring Road.
Oshiomhole and Iara, were sighted by Edo people pounding the streets, sightseeing the built environment, while cheering at numerous admirers who took turn for ‘executive’ handshakes.
The duo, it was gathered had disembarked from their SUV upon arrival to Benin from their country home, Iyamho and preferred to feel the pulse of the ordinary man on the streets by taking them unaware.
But for the colour of his Wife, Oshiomhole who without office paraphernalia and sycophantic overzealous aides, would probably not have been noticed until his arrival at KingSquare.
Adorned in a blue T-Shirt and jeans with fez cap to match, the Governor simply walked passed unnoticed while also inspecting walk-ways, and seen commenting on the dirty nature of the metropolis while making plans to launch his operation keep-Benin-clean program.
Just as the executive trekking reached Stanbic IBTC along Akpakpava, a seemingly die-hard admirer of the first family was said to have veered off the Road, alighted from his car and followed Oshiomhole.
It was not immediately clear, the fate of his family but the Comrade Governor was said to have expressed worries over his abandoned vehicle to join him, he was reported to have reply ” this opportunity to see the Comrade is one in lifetime. Whatever it is, my family should take care of themselves, am going with the Comrade”.
According to him, “it’s a privilege. For an ordinary man like me to be associated with the first family in Edo state and even had opportunity of having a handshake with not just the Comrade but his Wife, gives me hope and some sorts fulfilment”.