Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, has reaffirmed his loyalty to Governor Godwin Obaseki despite recent disagreements between them.
Shaibu clarified that his loyalty to the governor does not affect his personal ambition to become the governor of Edo State.
Speaking at the 32nd anniversary celebration of Edo State, held at the New Festival Hall in Benin City, Shaibu referred to Obaseki as his elder brother.
This statement comes after weeks of tension between the governor and his deputy, during which Shaibu obtained a court injunction to prevent any attempts to impeach him by the governor and state assembly.
Governor Obaseki expressed surprise at Shaibu’s actions and accused him of plotting a coup against him. However, Shaibu’s statement at the anniversary celebration suggests that he remains committed to working with the governor despite their differences.
Shaibu, however, said, “My loyalty to the governor remains absolute. I see that everybody is in solidarity. I am also in solidarity with the governor. I am also declaring my unalloyed loyalty to the governor and nothing more.”
“As for the issues that are around town when I was away, I really would not want to talk about them, especially about the governor. He is my elder brother and boss and I don’t think I should talk about anything.
“And if I have issues with him, I think it is better settled at home and not in the media. I am well brought up.
“I can tell you that from my Christian background if you make a vow with God that you want to do something, you must fulfill it. And the vow I have taken with God is that I will continue to support Godwin Obaseki as the governor of Edo State from the beginning to the end.
“But that does not stop anything that has to do with ambition. Ambition is personal and it does not affect loyalty. My loyalty to the governor remains absolute. I see that everybody is doing solidarity. I am also in solidarity with the governor. I am also declaring my unalloyed solidarity and loyalty to the governor and nothing more.”
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