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Obaseki and Shaibu rift worsens as Edo moves deputy governor’s office out of government house

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The rift between the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his deputy, Philip Shaibu has continued to deepen as the deputy is set to be relocated to a building outside the Government House.

The building located at 7, Dennis Osadebey Avenue, close to the Government House, which is the Edo State Procurement Agency office, has been renovated with a sign reading Office of the Deputy.

The building was commissioned by the former governor, Adams Oshiomhole on December 16, 2014.

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However, contacted, the Chief Press Secretary to Shaibu, Musa Ebhomiana, said the issue of relocating to any office is a rumour because the deputy governor has not been communicated to that effect.

One of the workers seen in the facility, who did not give his name, said that the job is expected to be delivered on Monday.


According to him, “I work for the company handling the renovation of this building. Our job is to deliver the project on Monday.

“I do not know how the signboard got to the entrance of the building and I don’t have an idea of what the building will be used for,” he added.

The Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Nehikhare said: “If there is a government signboard saying so, then it must be so.”

Recall that the Problem between the first two prominent citizens of the state gained prominence when Shaibu approached a Federal High Court in Abuja to stop his impeachment. However, the governor and the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Blessing Agbebaku, denied such a move.

Shaibu may have incurred the wrath of the governor due to his desire to succeed his boss, who insisted that it was the turn of Edo Central to produce the next governor of the state.

At an interdenominational service held at the Government House last Sunday, security personnel denied the deputy governor from having access to the governor, the same day he pledged allegiance to Obaseki, but said his (Shaibu) governorship aspiration was still intact.

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The drama turned ugly on Monday with the state government disbanding the media team of the deputy governor after an altercation earlier in the day at a state function led Shaibu to storm out of the venue.

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