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Edo Deputy Gov Shaibu’s fate hangs in balance as panel sets final adjournment date

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In a dramatic turn of events, the seven-man panel appointed by the Edo State Chief Judge, Justice Daniel Okungbowa, to probe allegations of gross misconduct against Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu, has set a decisive date for the culmination of proceedings.

The panel, chaired by a retired Justice S. A. Omonuwa, convened on Thursday to deliberate on the matter, but encountered the absence of both the deputy governor and his legal representative.

Omonuwa, expressing the panel’s resolve, stated that they would allow one final opportunity for Shaibu to present his defense.

However, with the deputy governor’s continued absence, the panel proceeded to hear from the plaintiff’s representative, the Legal Officer of the Edo State House of Assembly, N.U. Ibrahim, along with two others.

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Despite initial attempts by Shaibu’s counsel, Oladoyin Awoyale, to postpone proceedings based on an alleged injunction from an Abuja Federal High Court, it was revealed that no such injunction existed.

Awoyale’s departure from the panel followed its ruling that constitutional obligations supersede any purported court orders, leaving the floor open for the plaintiff’s arguments.

Joe Ohiafi, representing the House of Assembly, emphasized the exclusive authority of the Assembly to determine instances of gross misconduct, highlighting Shaibu’s alleged breach of oath by submitting confidential documents to the Abuja court.

As the panel gears up for its final adjournment on April 5, 2024, the fate of Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu hinges on his ability to defend against the grave allegations leveled against him.

The proceedings underscore the weight of constitutional responsibilities and the paramount need for transparency and accountability in governance.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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