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I Feel Betrayed By Obaseki, Says Edo Deputy Gov, Shaibu

The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, expressed feeling betrayed by his leader, Godwin Obaseki, for not supporting his candidacy in the forthcoming 2024 governorship election. Shaibu, who asserted he was convinced to serve as Obaseki’s deputy, highlighted his contributions to the government in terms of political organization and financial support.

During an interview on Arise TV, the Peoples Democratic Party governorship aspirant conveyed his disappointment that Obaseki was endorsing someone other than himself, without specifying the individual.

“Actually, I was persuaded and there was no protest. I actually didn’t want to be a deputy governor. I was very comfortable in the House of Representatives. It took almost one month to get me to accept to be the deputy governor of Edo State.

“I accepted to add value to the ticket of Obaseki because Obaseki was not known and he was not one of the politicians. They needed a young, vibrant politician that has won election before and that can add political value to the ticket,” he said.

Speaking on his perceived betrayal, he said, “I feel betrayed by the governor. I feel very betrayed. When we go to  church, there are certain biblical verses that are becoming to make meaning to me. There is this particular verse that has been going through my mind: ‘The heart of man is desperately wicked.’ When I see what the governor is doing, the verse now makes meaning to me.

“I added value in terms of my political structure, my finances. All the vehicles that were used to campaign in 2016 are mine.

“I lost about 20% of my political capital in Edo North to support Godwin Obaseki, and in supporting him even as deputy governor.

“I supported the second term bid of the governor with my finances. Including how we got the ticket of the PDP, I contributed financially, both in naira and in dollars. If I say betrayal, it’s an understatement. I feel very hurt and betrayed.”

Shaibu hails from the Edo North Senatorial District, which is also the district of the former governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole. The deputy governor has been engaged in a consistent conflict with his leader regarding his political aspirations.

Previously, Shaibu sought intervention from an Abuja High Court to prevent Obaseki and the state House of Assembly members from impeaching him amidst the intense disagreement. However, he subsequently retracted the legal action.

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