28th December, 2021
By Monday Ajogun
Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo on Tuesday in Benin spoke on why he gave two bags of rice and a cow to Mr Tony Kabaka, the APC Youth leader in the state as Christmas gifts.
Obaseki had ordered demolition of an hotel belonging to the Kabaka after he fell out with APC in Edo State ahead of the election in which he contested for second term in 2020.
This was based on the excuse that the land on which the hotel was built has been acquired by the government.
However, a Benin City High Court however recently ordered the State Government to rebuild the hotel.
Despite the court order, Kabaka has been seen in the social media and a church recently begging Obaseki for forgiveness.
Consequently, Obaseki on Monday evening invited Kabaka to Government House in Benin, where he gave him two bags of rice and a cow to celebrate the festivities with his family.
But the gifts have attracted reactions on the social media and among politicians, especially PDP members in the state.
Reacting to the controversies on Tuesday while addressing leaders of PDP in his Oredo Local Government Area of the state, Obaseki said, “Since last night, I have been hearing lots of comments that I gave cow and rice to Kabaka. I read some people who said they are my supporters and I felt bad. I say they are not my supporters.
“This is Christmas, we are celebrating Christ, the basis of our Christianity and religion. Before politics, we are human beings, so if we cannot show humanity, then we will not be humble politicians.
“If a grandfather can come out in the social media to beg for forgiveness, go to church and begged for forgiveness, who am I not to forgive the person.
“I am a mere mortal. I am governor today because of God, so if I now play God I am not sure God will forgive me”, he said.
He said those commenting on social media can go ahead, adding that they are not Christians and they are not leaders.
The governor said that he was trying to be magnanimous in victory by bringing everyone together, irrespective of their political party affiliation.
Earlier, Sen. Matthew Urhoghide, representing Edo South Senatorial District, urged PDP members to be loyal to the governor, saying that politics is a game of numbers. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)