Chief Jackson Oyuki Obaseki, the Ohen of Benin kingdom, on Tuesday asked his relation, Don Pedro Obaseki, to immediately tender apologies to the family over his comments that people should vote for the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, rather than his cousin, Godwin Obaseki, of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The former NFF president, who addressed journalists on behalf of the Obaseki family, said, “I will not want to hand over Pedro to our ancestors because I don’t want him dead. But I will appeal to Don Pedro to retrace his steps, come back to the family and tender an unreserved apology and retract his statement that people should vote for Ize-Iyamu instead of Obaseki”.
According to him, “I do not know if I should say Pedro is one of my children because I am afraid of him now. I want to correct the unfortunate impression he created. I do not know if he is in any political party because he could not have been in APC today, tomorrow Accord Party and you are ending up in PDP. That is political harlotry which is a big shame.
“I want the world to know that no true son of Obaseki, born by Obaseki with Obaseki blood will ever vote Ize-Iyamu. The whole Obaseki length and breadth we are all supporting Godwin our son. Yes we all cannot put our eggs in one basket, there are some radicals who can go to the other group but don’t insult our son Godwin. Because he is very knowledgeable, he knows what he is doing, he has been in the Stock Exchange for years and that is the power house of Nigeria’s economy.
“He knows who is who in this country. We are not supporting Don Pedro and his allies, I say here now no Obaseki should vote for Ize-Iyamu. Ize-Iyamu is my mother’s relation, that is my mother, my father comes first before my mother. No true son of Obaseki will vote for Ize-Iyamu, we must all vote for Obaseki.
“I use this opportunity to invite all Obasekis in the Diaspora that on the 9th of September we have our family get together every year that is the celebration of the death of Agho Obaseki. I want all Obasekis to be present at Ogbe and together we will match to the polling booth on the 10th to vote Godwin”, he stated.