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I Wouldn’t Mind Joining APC To Rival Obaseki, Shaibu Says



Philip Shaibu
Sacked Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu has stated that he doesn’t mind joining the All Progressive Congress (APC) to rival Governor Godwin Obaseki.
He stated this while expressing his grievances and personal plans ahead of the forthcoming gubernatorial election to a PUNCH reporter.
According to him, he is ready to go to the world’s tail end to see that Obaseki is humbled.
He mentioned he never really liked the idea of Obaseki when he was presented as the favoured choice in 2016, but the influence of former Governor Adams Oshiomole, who was adamant about his candidacy, swayed minds.
He apologised to the former governor, whom he engaged with in a war of words during Obaseki’s reelection in 2020. Shaibu said he is now looking forward to working with the ex-National Labour Congress chairman to take the state to new heights.
“If the team comprising the Legacy Group and my original groups say we have to move to the APC, we will not hesitate,” he said.
Recall that Shaibu was impeached after months-long internal battle between him and Governor Obaseki.
Shaibu said that the country has to make some amendments to how much power is shared between state governors and their deputies. He said deputy governors should be accorded freedom and independence akin to those of the Vice President.
The former deputy governor proposed that the federal government handle their provisions, including security details and other office benefits. He revealed that he had sent a proposal to the National Assembly to that effect.
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