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There is disquiet in Edo state following the indication that, the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Mr. Philip Shaibu is set to dump the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to an undisclosed political party.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that there had been disagreements between both the state governor , Mr. Godwin Obeseki and Shaibu over many political issues .
Shaibu was said to have held series of marathon meetings that took place outside the country last week between the Edo Deputy Governor and some party bigwigs in the country.
PLATFORM TIMES further gathered that
the series of meetings took place outside the country, during the deputy governor’s vacation before he returned to Nigeria last week.
A source said there are strong indications that the Deputy Governor may not join any other political party immediately after quitting the PDP.
The source said: “This rumour, however, did not come as a huge surprise to many, because the Deputy Governor was once quoted to have said he merely escorted Governor Godwin Obaseki to PDP.”
The source said it is a widely held belief across Edo State that Shaibu was, no doubt, the major face of the Edo 2020 governorship election, as many still believe that it was an election between Shaibu and his political father, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to secure victory for the incumbent.
However, while some have expressed curiosity that after such hard-earned victory, one wonders the justification for the Deputy Governor to quit the PDP, others have also chided the Governor for operating a one-man show without appointment of cabinet.
“The Governor’s rigid position on some critical decisions that are now causing considerable disaffection between the Deputy Governor and some of his most loyal and committed supporters, who stood firmly by him, contributed morally and with resources and even risked their lives to deliver the Obaseki/Shaibu ticket and ensure that the Deputy Governor was not disgraced and embarrassed politically in his Constituency, which he shares with Comrade Adams Oshiomhole may have also justified his reason for defection.”
When contacted, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the PDP spokesperson, Mr. Duran Odeyemi said he was not aware of the development.
But party source that “it is strange that Obaseki and Shaibu are not in good terms because I know they have a cordial relationship.
“What I know is that there has been a delay in the appointment of commissioners in the state; the governor wants to bring in some APC members who helped him during the Governorship election but the PDP leadership is not disposed to this. Their argument is that you cannot use our platform without us not benefiting from you. I know that issue has been on ground for sometime now, but it will be resolved.”