The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki clarified that there were no plans to impeach his deputy, Philip Shaibu on Monday.
The governor, on the other hand, highlighted that Shaibu’s action to seek a court injunction to suspend his supposed impeachment was preemptive ahead of his claimed plan to defect to the All Progressives Congress.
While briefing journalists in Benin City during a visit by the leaders of Edo North, the governor claimed that the deputy governor had been actively engaging with senior APC actors at both the national and state levels, negotiating his way into their party, and that he was on the verge of finalising plans to defect to the APC.
According to Obaseki:
“Let me put it on record that I am not aware of any plot or any scheme to impeach the Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu. I have also checked and there was no such plan.
“So, the court action taken, for me, is a thing of shock and disappointment. I am trying to reflect on the move made by somebody that I have given a broad latitude to do his work as deputy governor. So, for him to take this kind of action is shocking.”