There are concerted efforts by some people described as mischief makers and political jobbers to destabilise Edo State and widen the gulf between the state governor, Godwin Obaseki and himself, the deputy governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu has revealed.
Reacting to a ‘shocking’ statement by Governor Obaseki where he alleged desperation and a coup to oust him, Shaibu, while speaking to his aides in Benin on Saturday, said political jobbers sold the dummy to the Governor whom he referred to as his ‘elder brother’ to provoke more crisis so they can benefit from it.
According to him, it is preposterous to contemplate a coup to a man who has given him too much latitude.
While denouncing the allegations, the deputy governor stated that these claims were not only baseless but also malicious attempts by political jobbers hell-bent on misleading the Governor with the singular aim of damaging his reputation and sowing seeds of discord between him and his brother governor.
Shaibu reiterated his unwavering loyalty to Governor Obaseki and the principles of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to which they both belong.
“It is a privilege to serve as Governor Obaseki’s Deputy and consistently demonstrated his commitment to the advancement of a shared vision for Edo State within the last seven years.
“Any insinuation that he harbours ulterior motives or seeks to undermine the Governor’s leadership is nothing short of a fabrication.”
He maintained that he believed in the power of teamwork and collaboration. As a testament to this, Shuaibu said he and Governor Obaseki had worked tirelessly together to deliver on the promises they made to the good people of Edo State.
He added that their achievements in various sectors, including education, healthcare, infrastructure, and job creation, were a testament to this collective effort and the synergy between their offices.
He said that as the deputy governor, his role had been to support and complement the Governor’s agenda, not undermine it.
He said, “I have consistently advocated for policies and initiatives that align with this administration’s goals and aspirations.
“It is disheartening to see such baseless allegations being propagated, as they only distract the administration from its primary objective of serving the people of Edo State.”
Shaibu said he remained an unrepentant democrat who believed in the democratic process and respected the mandate given to Governor Obaseki and his humble self by the people of Edo State.
He maintained that the idea that he would consider a coup to overthrow a democratically elected government was absurd and deeply offensive.
The deputy governor urged the media and the public to approach these allegations with the scepticism they deserve. Encouraged all to focus on the issues that truly matter to the people of Edo State – improving their lives, providing quality education, ensuring accessible healthcare, and creating employment opportunities.
He concluded by reiterating that Governor Obaseki and himself were committed to the continued development of Edo State.
He said they were united in their determination to build a prosperous and inclusive society, even as he called upon all well-meaning individuals to reject these divisive narratives and join in the quest to transform Edo State into a sustainable development and good governance model.
“Edo State PDP politicians should embrace peace and seek unity to fight the common enemy. Our investigation also reveals that the deputy governor did not refuse to join the governor in selecting commissioners in Etsako LGCs.”
According to our source, on that day, the Governor sent his deputy to proceed to Edo North to resolve some political crises.
He was on his way when the Chief of Staff to the Governor called that the Governor needed his attention in Benin.
The deputy allegedly informed the CoS to inform the Governor that he was already close to the Afuze axis to address the issue he directed him to do, adding that the Governor allegedly acknowledged this call.
Sources revealed that the deputy had always appreciated his elder brother, the Governor, wherever he gave him tasks.
The appointment of political office holders was the prerogative of the Governor; therefore, if Governor decided to allow his deputy to nominate candidates to fill any position was a privilege.
The source said that political jobbers, including hack writers, had generated more lies, saying that Rt Hon Comrade Philip Shaibu had perfected plans to return to the All Progressives Congress (APC)next week.
“There is no iota of truth in this,” he said, adding, “To further put a lie to this, the spin doctors claimed that the APC National Working Committee (NWC) is set to receive him in Abuja.
“The question here for the discerning minds is: Is it the NWC of a party that receives a decamped into the party? Shaibu has never minced words, vowing to sink and swim with his principal, Governor Godwin Obaseki. This, he has said severally at public fora.”
According to him, these evil men had come up with unbelievable accusations like coming late to State Executive meetings, attempting to slap the Secretary to the State Government, being the brain behind feuds between; Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Governor, former Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike and Obaseki, Dan Orbih and Obaseki and many others that their wild and dangerous imaginations could come up with.
“Given this, I plead with these characters bent on driving a wedge between Comrade Philip Shaibu and his boss, Governor Godwin Obaseki, to put the Edo project and the people far above their own selfish interest,” he added.
Recall that Governor Obaseki claimed on Friday that Shaibu would explore every avenue to achieve his governorship ambition, including plotting a coup to oust him (the incumbent) from office.
The Governor said this during a meeting with elders and leaders from Etsako West, East and Central Local Government Areas of the State, held in Jattu, Etsako West council as part of campaigns for the September 2, 2023, local council election.
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