Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State, has accepted the public apology of his Deputy, Philip Shaibu.
Obaseki received the apology as a person of faith in a letter titled “Subject: Public Apology by Edo State Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu.”
According to the governor, he is obliged to accept the apology.
He also said he believes the public apology issued by Mr. Schaibu is genuine and that he will subsequently take steps of remorse to improve his conflict resolution skills.
Mr. Obaseki also called on Mr. Shaibu to guide members of Congress to act in accordance with his faith.
The governor expressed his sincere hope that the rhetorics will be put to an end forthwith to enable the administration finish strong and deliver the dividends of democracy to the greatest number of Edo people over the final twelve (12) months.
The letter reads, “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 the 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 resulting from these and other events created a volatile and uncomfortable sense of crisis for Edo people at home and around the world.
“While these unwarranted provocations have caused me great personal offense, as a person of faith I am obliged to accept this apology. For it is man who forgives, and it is God who forgives.”
Mr. Obaseki further stated, “In good faith, we believe that the Deputy Governor’s public apology is genuine and that he will subsequently take steps of remorse to improve his conflict resolution capabilities.”
He added: “It is my heartfelt wish, that of my colleagues in other governments, and all well-meaning Edo people, that such rhetoric will end immediately, that this government will come to a strong end, and that the benefits of democracy will be passed on to Japan. It’s about being able to take over,” he added. “Number of population in Edo during the past 12 months”
Recall that the relationship between the two politicians deteriorated as the deputy governor was said to want to succeed Obaseki after the governor’s term expires next year.