Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has expressed concerns about his deputy, Philip Shaibu’s ambition to become the next governor of the state.
Governor Obaseki suggested that Shaibu is determined to achieve his governorship ambition through various means, including a coup to oust him from office.
During a meeting with elders and leaders from Etsako West, East, and Central Local Government Areas of the state, held in Jattu, Etsako West LGA, Governor Obaseki disclosed his concerns as part of his campaign efforts for the upcoming September 2, 2023, local council election.
Governor Obaseki stated, “My Deputy Governor has become so desperate to take over and is ready to do anything, including carrying out a coup d’état, to ensure he kicks me out and becomes the governor of Edo State.”
Governor Obaseki recounted recent incidents that led to his apprehension, such as Shaibu’s alleged efforts to manipulate the election of the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly. Despite these concerns, Governor Obaseki expressed his commitment to managing the situation, aiming for unity and stability within the party.
The Governor highlighted the history of their partnership, noting how he championed Shaibu’s retention as deputy governor during their transition to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) amid the 2020 Governorship poll crisis. However, Governor Obaseki expressed disappointment in how Shaibu has managed political issues in Edo North, leading to a lack of PDP representation in the Edo State House of Assembly from that region.
Governor Obaseki addressed the broader political landscape and the role of a deputy governor, emphasizing the constitutional separation of powers and responsibilities between the governor and the deputy. He acknowledged the importance of trust and unity within the party, especially as they approach future leadership transitions.
Chief Ogedegbe Bitrus, a leader of the Party in Etsako, stated that the meeting was convened by local leaders and elders to acknowledge Governor Obaseki’s development initiatives across the state. Bitrus further expressed that they do not support Deputy Governor Shaibu’s actions, aligning with Governor Obaseki’s concerns.
The allegations and concerns raised by Governor Obaseki shed light on the complexities of political dynamics within Edo State, adding a new dimension to the upcoming local council election and future political transitions.
(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; email@example.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)