Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki on Tuesday reacted to the responses that have trailed his kind gesture to youth leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Tony Adun aka Tony Kabaka.
Mr Obaseki had gifted Tony Kabaka a cow and bags of rice in the spirit of Christmas after the latter begged for his forgiveness when he gave his life to Christ on December 21 at the Rock of Ages Church Assembly International, Benin.
Addressing leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oredo Local Government Area of the state, Obaseki said, “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 in the social media to beg for forgiveness, go to church and begged for forgiveness, who am I not to forgive the person?
“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 said that he was trying to be magnanimous in victory by bringing everyone together irrespective of their political affiliation.
Earlier, Senator Matthew Urhoghide, representing Edo South Senatorial District, urged PDP members to be loyal to the governor, saying that politics is a game of numbers.
Tony Kabaka was mentioned in a recent BBC Africa Eye report as a leading political enforcer who had perpetuated clandestine activities for politicians in the state.