- A report alleging a rift between Governor Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, has been dismissed
- The deputy governor said the allegation was the handiwork of those who are scared of the loving relationship between him and his boss
- Calling on the public to disregard the report, Shaibu said he remains loyal to Governor Obaseki
Philip Shaibu, the deputy governor of Edo state, has dismissed reports suggesting that he and his boss, Governor Godwin Obaseki, are at war.
According to him, the allegation that he is on a war path with his boss over issue of fund is reckless, Vanguard reports.
He said the report was an effort by those who are afraid of the unity that exists between him and Obaseki to mislead people.
Shaibu also described those behind the report as miscreants and mischievous elements sponsored by hopeless and helpless political jobbers and merchants.
This was contained in a statement released by the senior special assistant to the deputy governor, Benjamin Atu.
Shaibu noted that their plot is to create disagreement between him and Obaseki but they will fail at it. He said the more the blackmailing, the stronger his bond with the governor.
"My loyalty to Governor Obaseki is sacrosanct and not debatable. No amount of blackmail or propaganda can stop me from serving the interest of the Governor and Edo people," Shaibu declared.
According to him, he is solidly behind the Edo governor and they will both do everything within their powers to win the election.
He also accused Adams Oshiomhole, the former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the party's flagbearer in the coming election, of conducting their political affairs as a primitive war.
The deputy governor urged the good people of the state to disregard the allegation, while also warning them to expect more of such kind of propaganda.
Legit.ng reported that Shaibu had earlier taken swipe at Oshiomhole for going on his knees while campaigning for Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Oshiomhole was reported to have knelt down to beg the council of traditional rulers in Edo state to vote for Ize-Iyamu in the coming governorship election scheduled for September 19.
According to Shaibu, kneeling would not bring the APC victory in the election.
According to the group, Obaseki is best known for hounding opponents who refuse to support his government.
In a press statement sent to journalists on Wednesday, July 22 and signed by its chairman, Adeola Adewunmi, the group also accused the governor of making several attempts to intimidate one of the respected men in Edo state, Captain Hosa Okunbor.