The embattled Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, has begged his principal, Governor Godwin Obakeki, for forgiveness over their political differences.
The duo had been at loggerheads since the conclusion of the 2023 election over political differences.
Obaseki in August accused his embattled deputy of scheming to succeed him as governor in 2024.
The state government earlier this month relocated Shaibu’s office from the Government House in Benin City as the relationship between the two allies deteriorated.
The matter, however, came to a head last Monday when the governor locked out his deputy from the Government House.
Addressing journalists on Thursday in Benin City, Shaibu appealed to Governor Obaseki to forgive and forget.
“I use this medium to appeal to Mr Governor, if there is anything that I don’t know that I have done, please forgive me so that we can develop our state together,” he said.
“We have just one year to go. We have been the envy of the entire country. So Mr Governor, if there is anything you feel that I have done, please I am sorry. I need us to work together to finish well and strong.”
When asked if he had resumed at his new office, Shaibu said, “We have resumed but there is still a lot of work to be done there.
“There is no problem about it. The governor has asked us to go there. Like I have always tried to prove, I am a loyal servant and nothing has changed.
“I took a personal vow to support my governor and you can see my Catholic people are here. When I took a vow with God, nothing can change it and I wish that the relationship that we had will come back in the next few days and weeks.
“I am missing my governor and by the grace of God, He will touch the governor’s heart and touch all of us and even those that are between us.
“I mean well. If there is any mistake I have made as a human, it is not out of wickedness because I know I’m not wicked. I have a very clean heart.”