- The Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, has sacked the media crew of his deputy, Philip Shaibu, over a forceful conduct
- Obaseki then ordered that the deputy governor would make a request from the ministry of communication and orientation
- The governor decried the unfortunate incident where the media crew of the deputy governor allegedly tried to force themselves into an event against the protocol
Chris Nehikhare, the state's commissioner for communication and orientation, in a statement on Monday, August 28, said Shaibu had been directed to henceforth request media coverage from the Ministry of Communication and Orientation, The Punch reported.
According to the statement:
“Edo State Government has disbanded the media crew attached to the Office of the Deputy Governor, with a directive to the Deputy Governor to henceforth request the Ministry of Communication and Orientation for media coverage of activities of his office."
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Obaseki noted that the decision was informed by the ugly and unfortunate scene that happened at the honourary colloquium of the 60th anniversary of the Midwest Referendum at the Sir Victor Uwaifo Creative Hub and Soundstage in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
Obaseki lays fresh accusations against Shaibu's media crew
The government accused the media crew of the deputy governor of trying to force their way into the hall where the event was held, adding that Governor Obaseki and other dignitaries were already on the seat.
Obaseki, a governor of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said that the action of Shaibu's media crew was contrary to the event's media coverage rules.
Nehikhare expressed regret over the unfortunate stage walkout of the deputy governor at the event on Monday.
Shaibu was reported to have walked out of the event after his media aide was said to have been blocked from having access to the venue.
"Shaibu plans coup against me": Governor Obaseki tells PDP leaders
Legit.ng earlier reported that Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has accused his deputy, Philip Shaibu, of planning a coup against him to become the state governor.
Obaseki, while addressing some PDP loyalists, disclosed that he began to doubt the loyalty of Shaibu when he was working for another candidate, aside from his, as speaker of the state House of Assembly.
The governor said that the claim that there have been moves to impeach him as deputy governor was false and that he would not talk much about it since the matter is in court.