The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, Monday accused his deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu of raising the storm about a plot to impeach him as a decoy of his secret plans to defect to the All Progressives Congress, APC….CONTINUE READING....CONTINUE READING
The governor as such noted that the move by Shaibu seeking a court order to stop his purported impeachment is preemptive ahead of his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Briefing journalists in Benin City during a visit by the Edo North leaders, Governor Obaseki said the deputy governor has been actively engaging with senior actors both at the national and state level of the APC, negotiating his way into their party, adding that he is at the verge of finalizing moves to defect to the APC.
He said, “Let me put it on record that I am not aware of any plot or any scheme to impeach the Deputy Governor Comrade Philip Shaibu. I have also checked and there was no such plan. “So, the Court action taken, for me, is a thing of shock and disappointment.
I am trying to reflect on the move made by somebody that I have given a broad latitude to do his work as deputy governor. So, for him to take this kind of action is shocking.” He noted, “It’s clear what has happened in the last few weeks. It is a preemptive move for him to conclude what he has started.
Those of you from Akoko-Edo can recall that when we were discussing the issue of your local government chairman and that of Owan, there was a lot of resistance from you on the candidates he wanted to impose on you.
I listened to your entreaties and thought that what you were recommending was fair. How can he be recommending the son of an APC leader in that local government? You resisted and I saw reason and acceded to your request. “The next day, I saw on social media that he was in Abuja robbing minds with the opposition party.
I have heard for months now that he has been in closed consultation with friends from another party because he was not sure that you, the leaders of PDP, will give him the ticket as governor in 2024.”
The governor noted, “I must State here that Philip Shaibu has never had the courtesy to discuss his ambition with me.
The last time we spoke of my successor after the House of Assembly election, I did say that we should be patient and that our task is to try and finish well and conclude all our projects we started.
It’s only when we do this right that we will have the support of the people for my successor….CONTINUE READING