The Vanguard newspaper exclusively reported the alleged planned defection by Mr. Philip Shaibu, Deputy Governor of Edo State.
According to the report, Shaibu has concluded plans and packed his bags to dump the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
“Barring any last minute change, the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Mr. Philip Shaibu will dump the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to an undisclosed political party.” The newspaper wrote.
The reporter’s position is based on “recent marathon meetings that took place outside the country ‘last week’ between the Edo Deputy Governor and some party bigwigs…”
He also a quoted a confidential source that: ‘Philip Shaibu is one man I admire as a political tactician and Maradona in the Edo political space. Quitting PDP may frustrate the developmental plans of the Obaseki’s administration due to his nuts and bolts experience as a voracious student of politics, as well as his sterling track record and pedigree as a fearless and charismatic lawmaker.’
Yet, another allegedly told the reporter that the move ‘…did not come as a huge surprise to many, because the Deputy Governor was once quoted to have said he merely escorted Governor Godwin Obaseki to PDP.
‘The source said it is a widely held belief across Edo State that Shaibu was, no doubt, the major face of the Edo 2020 governorship election, as many still believe that it was an election between Shaibu and his political father, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to secure victory for the incumbent.’
Allusion was also made about Governor Obaseki’s “on-man-show” government.
“Others have also chided the Governor for operating a one-man show without appointment of cabinet.
“A source, familiar with the development, told Vanguard that’…the Governor’s rigid position on some critical decisions that are now causing considerable disaffection between the Deputy Governor and some of his most loyal and committed supporters, who stood firmly by him, contributed morally and with resources and even risked their lives to deliver the Obaseki/Shaibu ticket and ensure that the Deputy Governor was not disgraced and embarrassed politically in his Constituency, which he shares with Comrade Adams Oshiomhole may have also justified his reason for defection.
“Multiple sources, who confided in Vanguard, noted that should the Deputy Governor finally quit the PDP, the action ‘will go a long way to justify the political resistance of the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, against the choice of Godwin Obaseki in the September 2020 Governorship election’.” Vanguard concluded.
However, Midwest Herald preliminary investigation revealed that, the report is a contrived plan to stir the political waters in an attempt to weigh-in the strength of some political agitators.
At the centre is the 2024 governorship election.
When Midwest Herald called the media aide of the newsy Deputy Governor, he denounced the report.
“The news is the figment of imagination of the reporter, because the Deputy Governor has no such plan to decamp from PDP.” Musa Ebomhiana told Midwest Herald.
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