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Wed, Aug 30, 2023 7:05 PM

Rift between Edo Governor and Deputy Intensifies: Deputy Governor Restrained from Dining with Governor

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Rift between Edo Governor and Deputy Intensifies: Deputy Governor Restrained from Dining with Governor
The rift between Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, in Edo State has deepened, with the Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Osa Nehikhare, revealing that Shaibu will no longer dine with the governor. Shaibu had taken Obaseki to court, seeking to restrain any potential impeachment proceedings. The deputy governor's actions have been met with criticism from the government, accusing him of disrupting government events.

The political drama in Edo State took a new turn as the rift between Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, intensified. Speaking in an interview on Arise TV, the Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Osa Nehikhare, disclosed that the deputy governor would no longer be dining with the governor.

According to Nehikhare, Shaibu had taken Governor Obaseki to court, seeking to restrain any potential impeachment proceedings against him. This unexpected legal action has strained the relationship between the governor and his deputy, resulting in the decision to forego shared meals.

Furthermore, Nehikhare criticized Shaibu for his recent actions during the 60th-anniversary celebration of the creation of Mid-Western State. The deputy governor was accused of attempting to disrupt the government's activities and embarrass the state.

Addressing the incident, Nehikhare stated, "He went to court restraining the governor from impeaching him (Shaibu). We didn't have such a plan. In Edo State and I know in Nigeria, if you take a man to court, you can no longer dine with him. If the case is settled out of court, then you can have a beer together."

Shaibu's decision to pursue legal action was met with confusion and disapproval from the government. Nehikhare explained that the governor and his team had no intentions of impeaching the deputy governor, rendering Shaibu's actions unnecessary.

Regarding reports of the deputy governor being denied access to the governor at a church event, Nehikhare clarified, "The security man was doing his job. I can assure you that His Excellency, Governor Obaseki was probably not aware of what was going on at that point in time."

The commissioner emphasizes that most government officials were unaware of Shaibu's return to Edo State, as he had been on holiday for the past few weeks. Nehikhare believes the deputy governor's attempts to portray himself as a victim and disrupt government events have only caused unnecessary tension and confusion.

This latest development in the ongoing saga between Governor Obaseki and Deputy Governor Shaibu highlights the significance of maintaining a harmonious working relationship within the government. With the legal battle looming, the Edo State government is likely to face further challenges in ensuring stability and focus on governing effectively.

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