The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has rejected Christmas gifts from the Edo State government.
The gifts formed part of the annual gifts presented by the state government to former governors as well as other government functionaries, political appointees, heads of security agencies, traditional rulers, religious leaders and heads of institutions of higher learning, among other prominent people in the society.
In a statement released to the media on Wednesday, Mr Crusoe Osagie, the Special Adviser to Edo State Governor on Media and Communications, disclosed that conventional Christmas presents reserved for former governors of the state that were sent to Oshiomhole were returned. He said that messengers from the state government were dispatched to deliver the gifts on Christmas eve.
Osagie revealed, “The messengers said they met the mother of the former governor who rejected the items, stating that her son would not accept the gifts.”
He stressed that “The gift items meant for Comrade Oshiomhole include four cows and ten bags of rice.”
Osagie further said the distribution of Christmas gifts was an annual ritual by the state government which serves as an expression of love, further strengthening the ties between the government and the people.
The special adviser affirmed that Governor Godwin Obaseki and Comrade Oshiomhole had been locked in a political tussle over the governor’s policy choices focused on prioritising the peoples’ welfare as against pressures by a handful of politicians to share the state’s resources.
However, Osagie claimed the governor had set the political rift aside to perform the ritual of sending the gifts to Comrade Oshiomhole.