- Governor Obaseki has redeployed the protocol director, Osayande Aisagbon, at the Edo state government house
- Aisagbon was redeployed for failure to provide kola nut at the palace of Oba of Benin when Obaseki and other PDP chieftains visited
- The situation reportedly caused Obaseki embarrassment as the monarch had reportedly asked for kolanut to offer the prayers for the visitors
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The director of protocol at the Edo government house, Osayande Aisagbon, has been redeployed to the Ministry of Culture and Diaspora Affairs.
This follows the alleged “embarrassment suffered” by Governor Godwin Obaseki during a visit to the palace of Oba of Benin.
The Cable reports that Governor Obaseki in a memo directed that Aisagbon be redeployed over the alleged embarrassment.
Recall that Obaseki visited the Benin monarch on Saturday, July 25 for royal blessings as he flagged off his reelection campaign.
The Edo governor was, however, unable to present kolanut and gin in line with the palace tradition for the blessings.
The monarch had reportedly asked for kolanut to offer the prayers for the visitors but none could be provided.
“The governor was embarrassed. It’s the responsibility of the protocol department to handle such assignment, so somebody has to take responsibility,” a source in the government house said.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a former chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, alleged that Governor Obaseki disrespected the Oba of Benin by wearing a cap when he visited the monarch.
Oshiomhole made the allegation during a talk-show on Arise TV.
But Oshiomhole faulted the governor for allegedly standing before Oba Ewuare with a cap on. He said Obaseki’s action was a demonstration of disrespect not only for the esteemed Benin palace, but also the Edo tradition.
“You call yourself a Bini man, yet you came to Bini palace wearing a cap in company of PDP governors,” Oshiomhole said.
In another report, Governor Obaseki has threatened to unleash violence in full force should the APC resort to violence.
The governor made this vow while addressing pressmen as the gubernatorial election in the south-south state draws closer.
Edo election has been scheduled for September with both APC and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) highlighting the guber race in a fierce feud that has put both parties at public loggerheads.
Speaking about possible machinations of violence, Governor Obaseki said he will not hesitate to deploy violence because "there is no monopoly of it."
"Nobody has a monopoly of violence, if they want violence we will show them violence. If I see anybody smashing any car because my stickers or poster is there, let me know," he reportedly said.
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