Edo Dep Gov, Shaibu Denies Defection Rumors

Edo State’s Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, refuted the widespread social media rumors about his intention to switch to the All Progressives Congress (APC). A viral report on Thursday suggested that Shaibu had concluded arrangements to become a part of the APC, with claims that a senior APC member indicated his acceptance into the party by the APC National Working Committee (NWC) next week.

However, his Chief Press Secretary, Musa Ebomhiana, released a statement discrediting the source of the story as mere hack writers and troublemakers aiming to disrupt the state.

He said “They will stop at nothing to widen the gulf between Mr Governor, His Excellency, Governor Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu.

“They have generated more lies from the pit of hell, saying that Comrade Philip Shaibu has perfected plans to rejoin the All Progressives Congress, APC, next week. There is no iota of truth in this.

“To further put a lie to this, the spin doctors claimed that the APC National Working Committee, NWC is set to receive him in Abuja. The question here for the discerning minds is that, is it the NWC of a party that receives a decampee into the party?

“Shaibu has never minced words, vowing to sink and swim with his principal, Governor Godwin Obaseki.

“This, he has said severally at public fora. In view of this, I plead with these characters bent on driving a wedge between Comrade Philip Shaibu and his boss, Governor Godwin Obaseki to put the Edo project and the people far above their own selfish interest.”


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