Edo Deputy Governor seeks court protection over alleged rift with Obaseki

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The Deputy Governor of Edo state Comrade Philip Shaibu has reportedly approached the court to seek protection from his boss, Governor Godwin Obaseki to avoid an imminent impeachment from office.

In a motion of notice brought before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja and made available to the media on Thursday, the appellant seeks an order of interlocutory injunction stopping the respondents or their agents from harassing, intimidating, embarrassing or preventing the applicant from carrying out the functions of his office as Deputy Governor of Edo State including attending State Executive Council meetings and other functions pending the determination of the substantive suit.

The Court papers which listed the Inspector General of Police, State Security Service, the Governor of Edo State, Speaker Edo House of Assembly and the Chief Judge of Edo State as defendants was obtained by this paper.

Media reports revealed that in the past two months, all have not been well in the state house, Benin City between Governor Godwin Obaseki and the Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu. 

There were also claims of an alleged dehumanization and humiliation of the deputy governor by his principal, Governor Godwin Obaseki, started when Comrade Shaibu was seen in a viral video with Senator Adams Oshiomhole during the inauguration of the National Assembly in Abuja. 

According to the reports, a source alleged that a few days after the Abuja viral video, the governor summoned all Edo State House of Assembly PDP members to his mansion, excluding his deputy, which was extremely unusual. 

The deputy who was briefed about the meeting drove directly to the governor’s mansion but was rebuffed and humiliated by the DSS personnel who told him he was not on their list of invitees. 

According to the source, the DSS operatives might have been told not to allow him in based on his alleged treason and his association with Senator Adams Oshiomhole and Lawrence Oka.

It was reliably informed that the meeting was held to allocate the leadership positions in preparation for the next day’s inauguration which was a run-up to end Philip’s political career and ambition. All efforts to reach the deputy governor or his media aides were unsuccessful. 

Another source at the government house informed us of the consistent nocturnal meetings in the PDP leader’s residence in Benin City. In one such meeting, some of the Local Government chairmen across the state were selected and briefed on the developments by the governor to sensitize and prepare them for his pending actions.

Amidst the persisting cold war between the governor and his deputy, we were informed the former deputy governor, Chief Mike Ogiadomhe, and a former Chief Judge promptly interfere by summoning the duo to broker peace. 

Unconfirmed revelations were supposed to have been made by the governor, who stated that Philip was dining and wining with his adversaries, especially Senator Adams Oshiomhole and Lawrence Oka. 

In addition, the governor alledgedly accused his deputy of mentioning His Majesty the Oba of Benin to the Italian Embassy without his permission. It was also reportedly said that the governor was determined to punish his deputy for visiting the relatives of a deceased renowned Chief of the Benin Kingdom without his permission.