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No Condition Given to Shaibu by Obaseki – Edo Govt

A source close to the Edo State Government House in Benin-city declared yesterday that there was no iota of truth that the state Governor Godwin Obaseki gave his Deputy, Philip Shaibu, any condition to accept the latter’s public apology. THIS DAY reports.

The media space was filled with news attributed to Obaseki that the only condition to accept his deputy’s public apology was for him to denounce his governor’s ambition.

It was also reported that the Edo State Executive Council meeting was shifted to Lagos without the deputy in attendance.informationguidenigeria

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According to the news which was on many online news platforms, “Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has given a condition for accepting the public apology tendered to him by his Deputy, Hon. Philip Shaibu. The governor who returned from his vacation abroad over the weekend said he has no business with his deputy until he proves absolute loyalty to him.

“Before arriving in Nigeria from his foreign trip, the governor had instructed all members of Exco to assemble in Lagos for a two-day meeting with him. He insisted that the deputy governor should not be invited or informed of the meeting. The meeting was termed: ‘Exco retreat with Mr. Governor’.

“Arrangements were made for those invited to the meeting to arrive in Lagos last Saturday.

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“Members of the state House of Assembly had theirs a fortnight ago in Rwanda. Before the meeting, Obaseki told members of his kitchen cabinet in Lagos that for him to forgive his deputy, the latter must publicly withdraw from the governorship race.

“Obaseki added that if the deputy dares to participate in the forthcoming primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), his security vote will be stopped and he will be excluded from all government activities, including meetings of the Edo State Executive Council.

“As a prelude to making good his threat, the State Executive Council meeting for this week took place in Lagos on September 25. The invitation for the meeting was extended to all Exco members with the exception of the deputy governor.

“To avoid public criticism, the governor told his handlers to fix an Exco seminar a day before the meeting to enable third parties to attend so that it will not be considered a formal but emergency exco meeting.

“The Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of Alaghodaro, Asue Ighodalo, who is the governor’s anointed candidate for next year’s governorship election was invited to the Exco seminar in Lagos.

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“It is expected that the governor will unveil and introduce his successor to all Exco members in Lagos this week,” a source attending the seminar said.JAMB Portal

Last week, the deputy governor was locked out of his office in the Government House on the orders of the governor. It was this particular incident that made the deputy governor to publicly apologise to the governor, who in the last month has refused to communicate with him.JAMB Result

But refuting the report, a source at Edo State Government House, who refused his name mentioned, said the state Exco meeting held in Lagos was an annual retreat.NYSC Portal

The source, who noted that at no time did the state government relocate to Lagos, added: “Investigation has revealed that the Edo State Executive Council has not relocated to Lagos contrary to rumours making the rounds, rather, the Exco only went for its annual retreat with the state Governor, Obaseki, commissioners and other heads of MDAs in attendance.”

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Essien, Goodnews is a gruaduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo, Uyo; Currently working at Infoguide Media as a news writer.

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