Philip Shaibu, the deputy governor of Edo State and the 2024 governor’s candidate for the Peoples’ Democratic Party, reportedly voiced feelings of betrayal by Governor Godwin Obaseki to Arise TV. Obaseki’s ardent admirer Shaibu disclosed that he made a substantial financial commitment to help the governor advance his political career only to learn later that he had been misled. CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>
According to him, “I feel betrayed by the governor. I lost about 20% of my political capital in Edo north to support Godwin Obaseki, and in supporting him, even as a deputy governor with no line financially, through my friends and all that, I supported the second term bid of the governor with my structure, all my vehicles and my finances, including how we got the ticket of PDP.”
The deputy governor emphasized that he was not initially interested in the position of deputy governor but was persuaded by his supporters. He mentioned, “It took almost one month to get me to be the deputy governor of Edo state, and there was no protest. It was persuasion, and my supporters said, ‘look, you must be there,’ and I accepted.”
Shaibu defended his decision to join forces with Obaseki, citing the need for a young, vibrant politician to add value to the governor’s ticket. However, he now asserts that he feels hurt and betrayed, describing the situation as an understatement.
Asserting his candidacy for the 2024 gubernatorial elections, Shaibu positioned himself as the right leader for Edo state, claiming a deep connection with the emotions of the people. He drew a distinction between himself and Governor Obaseki, alleging that while Obaseki uses taxpayer’s money to secure support, his own supporters are organic and genuinely aligned with his leadership. CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>