Politicians, leaders, aides, and other observers of political affairs in Edo State are observing with uncertainty as Mr. Philip Shaibu, the Deputy Governor of Edo State, returns from a one-month leave today.
The decision of the deputy governor to file a lawsuit against his superior, Governor Godwin Obaseki, along with the State House of Assembly and other parties, aiming to halt an alleged impeachment scheme, has sparked controversy within the state over the past three weeks.
The governor, along with various political groups and figures, has criticized this move, with the governor even drawing a comparison between it and a coup orchestrated by his deputy.
Political analysts have eagerly anticipated this day, and Shaibu’s Chief Press Secretary, Musa Ebomhiana, confirmed yesterday that his superior would be resuming today.
Earlier in the day, Shaibu had attended a thanksgiving service commemorating the 60th anniversary of the referendum that led to the establishment of the Midwest Region, subsequently evolving into Midwest State, Bendel State, and the present Edo and Delta states.
However, an insider source close to the governor has revealed that Obaseki remains surprised by his deputy’s actions, despite efforts by certain political leaders to mediate the situation. There’s a possibility that the governor might establish a new office outside the Government House for his official engagements, distancing himself from the deputy.
It remains uncertain whether the governor would also conduct executive meetings in this new office, which is located approximately 1,500 meters away from the rarely used emergency entrance of the Government House.
Later today, the governor is scheduled to host his counterpart from Delta State, Sheriff Oborevwori, along with other stakeholders from both Delta and Edo states, at a colloquium commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Midwest Referendum.
A statement from the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Andrew Okungbowa, announced that the state government has organized this colloquium as part of a series of activities to mark the diamond jubilee of the referendum. The event aims to bring together leaders from the two states and other stakeholders to collectively chart a way forward.
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