Edo State based social crusader and president of One Love Foundation; Dr Patrick Eholor, yesterday said the apology by Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu to Governor Godwin Obaseki was totally uncalled for, noting that Shaibu should have tendered his resignation following the humiliation meted to him.
Eholor likened the deputy governor’s apology to shedding of crocodile tears, adding that Shaibu had supported illegality, citing the non-inauguration of the APC lawmakers as example.
He said Shaibu’s action was an action not worthy and came too late.
“Comrade Philip Shaibu has reduced his office to nothingness. The humiliation he suffered whether he deserves it or not depends on who is interpreting it.
“He might deserve the humiliation but his office does not deserve it. When you have a friend who does wrong things and you’re mute on it means you’re giving consent to it. Obaseki has done so many wrong things that Comrade Shaibu gave consent to.
“For example, fourteen members of the Edo State House of Assembly who were duly elected by their constituencies were not inaugurated. Comrade Shaibu was the one who mobilised to deny them to be inaugurated. Yet, he claimed that some of them are his friends. If they were his friends he should have protested.
“If one thousand people are doing what is wrong it doesn’t make it right. If you’re doing what is right and nobody is doing it doesn’t make it wrong.
“There is no offence that he would have committed in his office as a deputy governor that he would reduce the office and go on national TV to make an apology to a serial offender like Godwin Obaseki who has offended the majority but has not apologized but you go on national Tv to apologize to him.
“I think it is disgraceful. I am not happy with the confusion. I want an egalitarian society. I want a place where they will focus on governance to fix the roads that are not motorable.
“They’re people who collect money from drivers for road worthiness when the roads are not worthy. When people are dying at childbirth they are not investing in hospitals. When schools have no roofs and chairs they do nothing.”