– Edo state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, has apologised to his principal, Governor Godwin Obaseki, over their political differences.
According to ONIFTV reports, the escalating discord between Governor Obaseki and his deputy has come into the spotlight. This intensified when Mr. Shaibu took legal action by approaching the Federal High Court in Abuja. His objective was to halt an alleged impeachment threat due to his ambition to alter the political landscape in Edo State, with aspirations to occupy the Dennis Osadebey Government House in 2024.
In a conversation with reporters in Benin City on Thursday, Mr. Shaibu extended an olive branch to Governor Obaseki, seeking forgiveness for his perceived shortcomings. He expressed his commitment to loyalty and emphasized his unwavering support for the Governor, citing a personal vow and his deep-rooted faith as the driving force behind his dedication.
Shaibu stated, “We have resumed our duties, and there are no issues with that. The Governor has instructed us to continue our work. As I’ve consistently mentioned, I am a steadfast servant, and nothing has changed. I made a solemn commitment to support the Governor, and my faith dictates that I honor such vows. You can observe that my Catholic brethren are here as a testament to my steadfastness. When I make a vow to God, it remains unaltered.”
He continued, “I genuinely hope that the close relationship we once shared will be rekindled in the coming days and weeks. I miss working alongside my Governor, and by the grace of God, I believe that God will touch the Governor’s heart and unite us all, including those who have come between us. My intentions have always been noble, and any mistakes I may have made are human errors, not acts of malice, for I am not a malicious individual. My heart is pure.”
Mr. Shaibu used the platform to extend an earnest appeal to Governor Obaseki, stating, “If there is anything I may be unaware of, any inadvertent transgressions I have committed, I humbly request your forgiveness. Let us collaborate to advance our state together. We have just under a year remaining, and we have been a source of envy to the entire nation. It is still within our reach. So, Mr. Governor, if I have erred in any way, I apologize. My prayer is that we finish our tenure on a strong and successful note.”