- The alleged rift between Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, has worsened
- Shaibu was unable to access his office at the Government House in Benin on Monday, September 18
- This troubling development is the latest in the tussle between Governor Obaseki and his deputy, as speculations about plans to impeach Shaibu heighten
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Benin-City, Edo state - The crisis rocking the Edo state government house has taken a new dimension.
Shaibu was said to have arrived at the Government House on Monday morning, September 18, but met the gate leading to his office under lock and key.
He says he is yet to receive a formal letter from Governor Godwin Obaseki's office, saying that is the proper channel to transmit a directive about the relocation to a new office.
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“Up till now, I don’t have any official communication that I should relocate. The only people that have official communication are my civil servants. The civil servants have official communication but I don’t. As I am speaking to you now, I am standing by the gate,” he said while on a phone call to a yet-to-be-identified person.
While there have been speculations about plans to impeach Shaibu, the Edo Assembly has denied such.
Shaibu, Obaseki's alleged rift worsens as Edo deputy gov relocates office
Shaibu, on Monday, September 11, commenced the relocation of his office to an area outside the vicinity of the Government House.
In a video shared by Channels TV on its X page, the new office looked unkempt, and the building had not been completely renovated.
The development follows last week's withdrawal of Shaibu’s suit filed at the Federal High Court to stop alleged plots by the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, to remove him from office.
Shehu Sani reveals party that will benefit from Obaseki, Shaibu's war
In a post shared on his X page (formerly known as Twitter) on Saturday, September 2, Sani said the Labour Party (LP) or the All Progressives Congress (APC) would benefit from the ongoing political battle in Edo state.