In a dramatic showdown that left the political landscape reeling, the Edo chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has unleashed a scathing rebuke against the Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu, for his audacious legal pursuit amidst allegations of impeachment.
The tempestuous saga has thrust the state into a frenzy of political intrigue, as party leaders from the Edo Central Senatorial District rallied to vent their fiery dissatisfaction.
A conclave of political heavyweights convened in Igueben, Igueben Local Government Area, to voice their collective fury. They hurled sharp criticism at Shaibu, chastising him for his “lack of loyalty” and failure to explore internal dispute resolution channels within the party. The storm was triggered when Shaibu took the unorthodox step of approaching the Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking a restraining order against his own superior, Governor Godwin Obaseki, whom he accused of plotting his impeachment.
A roll call of influential figures, including PDP’s state chairman Tony Aziegbemi, former Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees Chief Tom Ikimi, former Edo Central Senator Clifford Odia, and former House of Representatives members Sergius Ogun and Joe Edionwele, united in their verdict against Shaibu’s actions. They issued a resounding vote of confidence in Governor Obaseki, underscoring their unequivocal support.
The communique that emerged from this fiery gathering bore the scorch marks of their sentiment. It stated, “An Extraordinary Meeting of leaders of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo Central Senatorial District held today… and topical issues affecting the Party in the State were reviewed.”
Amidst the volcanic fervor, the leaders invoked themes of unity, equity, and collective interest. They made it clear that the focal point of the crisis was the impending governorship succession in 2024, a situation they deemed pivotal for the party’s future. The very foundation of their argument was built on the principle of fairness.
Their message to Shaibu was unambiguous: “In any case, the governor has confirmed that he has made no move to impeach his deputy and we believe him. We therefore urge the deputy governor to withdraw his suit forthwith and seek a political solution to the problem with his principal.”
With a charged conclusion, the leaders rallied behind Governor Obaseki, whose determination to “finish well and strong” resonated as a rallying cry for the party and the state. The stakes are high, and the political landscape sizzles with uncertainty as Edo’s fate hangs in the balance.