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‘Being your deputy is a privilege’ — Shaibu dismisses Obaseki’s coup allegation

‘Being your deputy is a privilege’ — Shaibu dismisses Obaseki’s coup allegation
August 13
13:43 2023

Philip Shaibu, deputy governor of Edo state, has denied allegations of any ill intent against Godwin Obaseki, the governor. 

Obaseki had accused Shaibu of orchestrating a plan to kick him out of office. 

The governor further said Shaibu had become desperate to succeed him.

But in a statement issued by Shaibu’s media office on Saturday, he dismissed the claims which he said were whipped up by mischief makers to create a rift between him and his principal.


He said he remains “an unrepentant democrat, who believes in the democratic process and respects the mandate given to Obaseki and his humble self by the people of Edo State”.

Shaibu added that as deputy governor, he has continually supported and complemented Obaseki’s agenda rather than work against him.

“The idea that he would consider a coup to overthrow a democratically elected government is not only absurd but also deeply offensive,” the statement reads.


“It is a privilege to serve as Obaseki’s deputy, and consistently within the last seven years demonstrated his commitment to the advancement of a shared vision for Edo State.

“Any insinuation that he harbours ulterior motives or seeks to undermine the governor’s leadership is nothing short of a fabrication.

“Our achievements in various sectors, including education, healthcare, infrastructure, and job creation, are a testament to this collective effort and the synergy between their offices.”

Shaibu said the allegations were only being peddled to distract the administration from its primary objective of serving the people of Edo.


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