Focus on leadership, not war with your deputy -Edo group tells Obaseki

A socio-political group in Edo State, Edo Renewed Hope Agenda, has condemned what it described as the disgraceful conduct of Governor Godwin Obaseki, in his “continued and series of humiliation meted to his deputy, Philip Shaibu.”

The group in a statement on Tuesday, in Benin City, by Imade Osagie, said that Governor Obaseki, in his latest vendetta against his deputy, has “Come full circle in exhibiting ingratitude and doling out venom, on those that aid him.”

Mr. Phillip Shaibu


It noted that the Deputy Governor left the camp of his godfather, Adams Oshiomhole, to support his boss, Obaseki, in their political battles, regretting that despite all that, Obaseki has decided to humiliate his deputy in the public domain.

According to the statement: “We are not going to mince words in condemning the ouster and unceremonious ejection of the Edo State Deputy Governor, Shaibu, from the Government House. It is not only outrageous, but smirks of vendetta, which sadly has become the trademark of Governor Obaseki.

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“We, therefore, urge all dutiful Nigerians to call Governor Obaseki to order. Turning a whole Deputy Governor of a state, into a pocketing daylight marauder in the frontage of his own office bespokes too many sad narrative, of which the public has of late been assailed with.

“Aside the deserving condemnation of Obaseki’s ill actions against his deputy, of which the later was clearly warned to beware of, we are not one to throw away the bath water, together with the baby in it.

Why is Obaseki so mean to those who helped him climb the ladder? Both of them came in on a joint ticket, so it is even very unconstitutional for the Governor to relocate the office of his deputy unceremoniously.

“This is ungodly. Shaibu should be accorded his right and the dignity deserving of his Office. Edo State deserve better than the shameless circus being served our people.

“It is shameful that a governor, who has failed to perform, rather than dissipate energy in providing the dividends of democracy to the electorate, is busy embarking on a senseless war against his deputy,” the group added.

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