June 8, 2024

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Peace finally greets Edo politics: Obaseki says ‘I do’ to Deputy’s apology

AFTER months of political skirmishes, peace is settling in Edo State.
Governor Godwin Obaseki says he has acknowledged the public apology offered by his deputy Comrade Philip Shaibu to end the imbroglio.
Obaseki had been reported to have told confidants that he would not “forgive” Shaibu unless the deputy renounced his ambition to run for governor.
But, in a cherry turn of events, Gov. Obaseki has accepted the public apology by his deputy, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, noting that as a person of faith, he was under obligation to accept the apology.
In a letter (image above), “Re: public apology by Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu,” the governor said in good faith, he trusts that the public apology as expressed by Shaibu is genuine and followed by contrite steps to improve his conflict resolution skills.
Read the letter by Gov. Obaseki
“I have noted the public apology made by the Deputy Governor of Edo State, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu. This apology followed an aberrant behaviour that contradicts what the people of Edo State stand for.
“To name a few, the Deputy Governor needlessly filed unfounded petitions in Nigerian courts restraining me, the State House of Assembly and Security agencies from a non-existent impeachment process, followed by repeated breaches of protocol; unwarranted and unprovoked attacks in the media on my person and the State Government.
“The media frenzy as a result of the above and more, provided an impression of crises that has been precarious and distasteful to Edo people in the State and across the world.
“Although these unwarranted provocations caused me severe personal discomfort, as a person of faith, I am under obligation to accept this apology because as they say, “to err is human, to forgive is divine.”
Obaseki further noted, “In good faith, I trust that the public apology as expressed by the Deputy Governor is genuine and followed by contrite steps to improve his conflict resolution skills. I also enjoin the Deputy Governor to guide his proxies to act in accordance with his piety.”
He added, “It is my sincere hope and that of my other colleagues in government and all well-meaning Edo people, that these rhetorics will be put to an end forthwith to enable this administration finish strong and deliver the dividends of democracy to the greatest number of Edo people over this final twelve (12) months.”
The letter was personally signed, “His Excellency, Godwin Obaseki, Governor, Edo State.”
At press time, It was not immediately possible to get Shaibu’s reaction.