The Edo State Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu has voiced his discontent with Governor Godwin Obaseki, alleging a lack of consultation regarding the choice of a successor.
Why appearing on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Shaibu, aged 53, who officially declared his candidature for the September 21, 2024, governorship election under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), accused his principal of resorting to “intimidation” and “harassment.”
Despite a longstanding association with Governor Obaseki, Shaibu emphasised his constitutional right to pursue the state’s top office.
He urged for a more inclusive approach, stating, “If I am governor tomorrow and my deputy wants to contest, he has the right to contest. If I want to support somebody else, I also have the right to support somebody else, not intimidation.”
Shaibu highlighted his willingness to engage in discussions but expressed resistance to intimidation. “I am someone who can easily give in after engagement, but I am not somebody who can give in to intimidation,” he asserted.
The PDP governorship aspirant lamented the blurred lines between loyalty and constitutional rights among some supporters, stating, “It’s my cross I am carrying, and that is why I have refused.
“I don’t need to fight. I am loyal to the governor; it’s not disputed, but my right to contest is mine. Loyalty is given, and it is fully given, even with the humiliations and everything.”
Despite acknowledging a strained relationship with Governor Obaseki, Shaibu reaffirmed his loyalty to the leader and urged for a fair and inclusive approach in the selection of a successor.
“The governor should know he is the leader; he must be able to organise all of us; he must not love one more than the other.
“If he must do so, he must humiliate one,” Shaibu concluded, expressing hope for a resolution in the ongoing discord.
(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; firstname.lastname@example.org; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)