June 25, 2024

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Office of Gov., Deputy not in competition, says Shaibu

OFFICE of the Deputy Governor of Edo State has reacted to the governor’s decision to take up payment of hospital bills of footballers recently attacked by bandits in the state.
According to chief press secretary in the ODG Ebomhiana Musa, the deputy governor has authorized the issuance of the following statement:
“Our attention has been drawn to the fact that His Excellency Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has directed that the medical bill of the injured Ball Boy and the Kit Manager of Sunshine FC of Akure be paid by the state government.
“Consequently, Deputy Governor Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu has withdrawn his earlier promise to pay the medical bill. He, however, says the cash gift he gave the players when he visited them in their hotel on Saturday remains.
“The office of Governor and Deputy Governor are one. We are not in any way in competition. I acted swiftly the way I did because of the passion and love I have for football and as someone who has been there before, I know the feelings of the players.
“Now that Mr. Governor, my elder brother, has decided to offset the bill, it’s all for the good of the state. I thank him.”
Recall that players and officials of Sunshine FC of Akure were attacked by unknown gunmen last Thursday on the Lagos-Ore-Benin highway on their way to Benin City for NPFL match day 13 engagement with the Insurance FC.
Their official bus was riddled with bullets while the kit manager and the ball-boy sustained injuries.
In company of his aides, the deputy governor had acted swiftly, visiting the injured ones in hospital and promising to pay their medical bills.
He paid another visit to the team on Saturday in their hotel where he met with the players and officials of the club and prayed, encouraged them and offered some undisclosed amount of money.