Godwin Obaseki, the governor of Edo State, said he has no regrets for forgiving Tony Adun (Tony Kabaka), the state’s All Progressives Congress (APC) youth leader.
The governor made the statement while speaking to leaders of the People’s Democratic Party in the state’s Oredo Local Government Area on Tuesday in Benin.
The governor’s reaction followed social media comments about Adun, also known as Kabaka, receiving a Christmas gift of a cow and bags of rice after pleading with the governor for forgiveness.
In Obaseki’s words: “since last night, I have been hearing lots of comments that I gave cow and rice to Kabaka. I read some people who said they are my supporters and I felt bad. I say they are not my supporters.
“This is Christmas, we are celebrating Christ, the basis of our Christianity and religion. Before politics, we are human beings, so if we cannot show humanity, then we will not be humble politicians.
“If a grandfather can come out on social media to beg for forgiveness, go to church and beg for forgiveness, who am I not to forgive the person.
The Governor added: “I am a mere mortal. I am governor today because of God, so if I now play God I am not sure God will forgive me”.
The governor stated that he was attempting to be magnanimous in victory by bringing everyone together, regardless of political affiliation.
Sen. Matthew Urhoghide, who represents Edo South Senatorial District, earlier urged PDP members to remain loyal to the governor, claiming that politics is a numbers game.