Edo State, Nigeria– The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has graciously accepted the heartfelt apology extended by his deputy, Philip Shaibu, signaling a potential reconciliation between the two prominent political figures.
It would recalled that the recent feud had revolved around Shaibu’s aspirations to lead the oil-rich state.
Last week, Philip Shaibu publicly sought forgiveness from Governor Obaseki, emphasizing their shared commitment to the state’s development.
“I use this medium to appeal to Mr. Governor, if there is anything that I don’t know that I have done, please forgive me so that we can develop our state together,” Shaibu stated during a press conference in Benin.
In response, Governor Obaseki, in a personally signed statement, acknowledged the unnecessary provocations arising from petitions initiated by his deputy, which aimed to halt impeachment proceedings against him.
The governor clarified that the purported impeachment was non-existent, and, in the spirit of unity, he felt obliged to accept the apology.
He said, “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.”
“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.
“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.”