Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has rejected an award offered to him by the Edo State Football Federation.
Governor Obaseki said he does not receive awards as a Governor and the one to be presented by the football body would not be an exception.
Obaseki rejected the award at a party where he feted members of the Bendel Insurance Football Club for qualifying to the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) after 11 years relegation.
The Edo Governor who urged the team to give account of themselves in the NPFL said the team lived up to the challenge thrown at them at the unveiling of the re-branded club in 2018.
Bendel Insurance qualified to the NPFL after picking nine points at the Nigeria National League (NNL) Super 8 Playoffs.
Obaseki announced N25m cash reward for the players and N5m for the supporters club
He challenged the team to win the Premier League in this season.
His words, “I am happy for this new year’s present you have given me and the state. Nothing can be better than this. I asked you to do your best and be promoted to NPFL, that you have achieved. For this feat and victory, I will give you N25 million.”
“The supporters’ club will get N5 million for doing a great job supporting the club all the way to victory. The team will get a new bus, while the supporters’ club will get one as well. Obaseki, who rejected award giving to him by the Edo State Football Federation, said, as governor, he doesn’t receive awards.
“I don’t receive reward for now, your award can’t be an exception. I will not receive it but will only receive it from you when you win the Nigeria Premier League this season.”
Edo Deputy Governor, Mr. Philip Shaibu, who was tasked with leading the team to victory informed the Governor that they have fulfilled the mandate he gave them.
“You asked us to go to Aba to conquer and we went there and have achieved that feat by winning our three matches. We have gone around Benin City with the victorious boys and they have been appreciated by the people of the state,” Shaibu said.
Author: Osagie Otabor, Benin