AIDE-DE-CAMP to Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, collapsed during the second-term inauguration of the governor at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, the state capital, yesterday.
The incident happened around 12 noon while the governor was delivering his appreciation speech after the Oath of Office and Allegiance was administered by the chief judge of the state, Justice Esther Edigin. The well-kitted ADC, whose name was yet to be confirmed as
at the time of filing this report, stood behind the governor during the speech but slumped while Obaseki appreciated members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for covering him and his deputy, Comrade Philip Shuaibu, with the umbrella when they were abandoned in political
wilderness. About four other aides around the governor attended to the ADC as Obaseki ended his about 20-minute speech. Efforts made by our reporter to confirm what triggered the incident proved abortive, as the Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, did not respond to calls put to his line and the text messages sent were also not replied as of the time of filing this report. The PDP governors at the inauguration included, Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, and Duoye Diri of Bayelsa State. PDP national chairman, Uche Secondus, and some other party officials were also present at the event. It would be recalled that, Governor Obaseki defected to the PDP from the All Progressives Congress, APC, after he was denied the ruling party’s ticket in the primary election due to intraparty wrangling. He later defeated the APC candidate, Pastor Osagie IzeIyamu, in the September 19, 2020, governorship election in the state.