- A photo of Governor Obaseki sleeping at the ongoing UN conference has surfaced online
- The Edo state government has, however, released a statement concerning the viral photo
- The statement claimed that Governor Obaseki slept due to fatigue experienced after a long flight
The Edo state government has reacted to pictures of Godwin Obaseki sleeping while President Muhammadu Buhari was delivering his speech at the United Nation’s conference in New York.
A statement signed by Crusoe Osagie, the special adviser to the governor on media and communication strategy, said Governor Obaseki can also experience fatigue and exhaustion, an indisputable fact of life, to which all humans are susceptible, Premium Times reports.
“Our attention has been drawn to a mischievous campaign designed to smear the image of the Edo state governor, Governor Obaseki.
“The disparagers have populated the internet with photographs of the governor when he momentarily succumbed to fatigue after a long flight, preceded by a chaotic itinerary in Edo state before heading to New York for the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, in the United States of America.
“The idle hands and mischievous minds behind the smear campaign against governor Obaseki are clearly not people to be taken seriously.”
Osagie said the internet is awash with photographs of outstanding world leaders who have at one time or the other yielded to fatigue at meetings.
Highlighting his work schedule prior to the trip, Osagie said despite Obaseki’s rare work culture, unmatched by his peers, “we have never portrayed him as a machine.”
Below is a tweet showing pictures of the Edo state governor sleeping at the at the United Nation’s conference in New York.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Charles Idahosa, said Governor Obaseki’s alleged hostility towards politicians can be traced to the way he was fleeced by them during the indirect primaries that led to his emergence as the ruling party’s candidate for the Edo state governorship election.
Idahosa, who served as a political adviser to the immediate past governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole, made the comment in an interview with Vanguard.
Idahosa opined that the delegate system of enthroning political party candidates was sufficed with corruption, and this put Obaseki off from politicians when he emerged as governor of the state.
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