Governor Godwin Obaseki has ordered the redeployment of his Director of Protocol (DoP), Government House, Benin, Aisagbon Osayande, to the Ministry of Culture and Diaspora Affairs.
He was replaced by Mosis Obakpolor of the same ministry.
Mr Osayande’s redeployment followed a gaffe at the Oba’s palace on July 25 when Mr Obaseki visited the Oba of Benin’s palace in the company of honchos of the People’s Democratic Party to flag off his gubernatorial campaign.
The campaign team was slightly embarrassed after members of the party realised that the customary gifts of kolanut and gin, which were supposed to be provided to the king in exchange for royal blessings were not provided by Obaseki and his aides.
“The governor was embarrassed. It’s the responsibility of the protocol department to handle such assignment, so somebody has to take responsibility,” said a highly-placed source who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media on the matter.
“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.”
Several governors and senior members of the People’s Democratic Party were present at the event.