There has been a new development in the faceoff between the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Comrade Phillip Shaibu.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court Abuja issued a temporary order stopping the move by Obaseki, to impeach his Deputy, Shaibu, over their irreconcilable differences.
This comes after the embattled Deputy Governor of Edo State, Phillip Shaibu, had asked a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to stop the commencement of an impeachment process against him after he accused his boss, the Governor, of perfecting a plot to impeach him and requested special court protection from Obaseki’s impeachment plot so that he can function as Deputy Governor of the State.
Among reliefs he sought were interlocutory injunction stopping the respondents or their agents from harassing, intimidating, embarrassing or preventing the applicant (Shaibu) from carrying out the functions of his office as Deputy Governor of Edo State, including attending State Executive Council meetings and other functions pending the determination of the substantive suit.
Justice Mohammed issued the temporary order while ruling in a motion on notice filed by Shaibu praying the court to stop the move to ease him out of office by his principal.
In the ruling, Justice Mohammed directed the parties in the suit to maintain status quo.
The order for the status quo is to be in force till the time the defendants shall show cause as directed in another ruling of the court made on July 27th, 2023.