Bight Newspaper gathers that, the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Mr. Philip Shaibu, on Tuesday, in a statement he personally signed, also described Obaseki as his boss and senior brother.

Defendants in the suit were the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), the Department of State Services (DSS), Edo Governor and the Chief Judge of Edo State.

The statement reads:

“Arising from the series of meetings held with me, and also with Mr. Governor, by well-meaning Edolites, and indeed Nigerians, including party (Peoples Democratic Party, PDP) leaders, traditional rulers, and my Archbishop, His Grace Most Rev’d Dr. Augustine Akubeze, the Archbishop of Benin Archdiocese (of Catholic Church), on the issues that led to my going to court, on the above-named suit, and with all due respect to these eminent personalities and leaders, whose persuasions and persons I cannot ignore, I, Rt. Hon. (Comrade) Philip Shaibu, have authorised and instructed my solicitors to withdraw the suit forthwith.

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“I wish to sincerely thank and appreciate these well-meaning Nigerians, party leaders, traditional rulers, and my Archbishop, His Grace Most Rev’d Dr. Augustine Akubeze, for their kind words, advice and encouragement thus far, in ensuring peace and unity in our dear state, Edo.

“I also wish to place on record, my special thanks to Mr. Governor, my boss and senior brother, for this path of peace.”

Obaseki had accused Shaibu, who hails from Edo North, of planning coup against him but the Edo Deputy Governor insisted he remained loyal.


He however declared his loyalty would not stop his ambition to succeed Obaseki on November 12, 2024.

Edo Governor, an indigene of Benin in Edo South, wants his successor to emerge from Esanland/Edo Central senatorial district, to ensure fairness, equity and justice.



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