The director of protocol at the Edo State Government House, Osayande Aisagbon, has been redeployed to the Ministry of Culture and Diaspora Affairs, following alleged “embarrassment suffered” by Governor Godwin Obaseki during a visit to the palace of Oba of Benin.
In a memo, Obaseki directed that Aisagbon be redeployed over the alleged embarrassment and appointed Mosis Obakpolor, a staff of the same ministry as his replacement.
Obaseki visited the Benin monarch on July 25 for royal blessings as part of his reelection campaign, but was unable to present kolanut and gin in line with the palace tradition for the blessings.
He was accompanied by national campaign chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Edo election, Nyesom Wike.
The monarch had reportedly asked for kolanut to offer the prayers for the visitors but none could be provided.
“The governor and his visitors were embarrassed over the development and such matters ought to be handled by the protocol department, so somebody has to take responsibility. What happened was unfortunate. It’s not as if the kola was not bought. The kola was brought late when the oba was already seated with his guest and you know with that, nobody comes in when the oba is seated,” a source at the government house was quoted to have said
Among the governors who accompanied Obaseki to the monarch were Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta); Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto); Seyi Makinde (Oyo); and Bala Mohammed (Bauchi).
Agboola Ajayi, deputy governor of Ondo State; Uche Secondus, national chairman of PDP and Raymond Dokpesi, chairman of DAAR Communications, were also at the palace of the monarch.