• Sun. Mar 3rd, 2024

EDO 2024: I’M NOT FIGHTING OBASEKI, SAYS SHAIBU

…says Obaseki betrayed him

Edo State Deputy Governor and frontline PDP governorship aspirant in the upcoming 2024 gubernatorial election, Rt Hon Comrade Philip Shaibu, has said that he is not fighting his principal and boss, Governor Godwin Obaseki, rather, he is the one fighting him.

Shaibu said this as a guest on Arise TV’s live programme, “The Morning Show” this Wednesday morning.

He said the Governor has declared a full-scale war on him over his (Shaibu) ambition to succeed him (Obaseki) as the next Governor of Edo State.

The Deputy Governor said Obaseki wants to play the role of a political godfather in the state, a situation they both fought and agreed should never be. He emphasized that their shared focus remains serving the people and dismantling the influence of “godfathers” in Edo politics.

Shaibu revealed that he staked his long-term relationship with Obaseki’s predecessor and now Senator representing Edo North, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to fight oppression and back his principal’s aspiration

Shaibu however lamented that despite standing with Obaseki against someone (Oshiomhole) whom he considered a father, it was surprising that the governor was pitching a tent with another governorship aspirant to become the next governor.

According to him, “This is the same Governor that has issued me several commendation letters till date, that I am the best Deputy Governor any Governor will wish to have because of my efficiency, transparency and accountability.”

“Anyone who says I betrayed the governor is not correct. We all agreed as a Group to fight godfathers – even the Governor pledged to fight godfatherism in the state, and said he should be dealt with if he turns around and attempts to play the role of a godfather.”

“Because I hate oppression, I staked my relationship (with Oshiomhole). In that relationship, I lost about 20% of my political capital in Edo North to support Godwin Obaseki and in supporting him, even as deputy governor who does not have any line financially, through my friends and others, I supported the second term bid of the governor with my structure, all my vehicles and finances including how we got the ticket of PDP, I contributed financially,” Shaibu concluded.

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