The Peoples Democratic Party has urged Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and his Deputy, Philip Shaibu, to reconcile their differences and promote peace.
The party expressed astonishment that official government letters, normally confidential, were now circulating widely on social media platforms. Chief Dan Orbih, the PDP National Vice Chairman (South) and former Edo State party chairman, issued this statement in Abuja on Tuesday night under the title ‘Do not de-market PDP in Edo State.’
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This statement was made in response to the ongoing dispute between Obaseki and Shaibu, which appears to be unresolved. Although Shaibu initially sought legal action to prevent his impeachment by Obaseki, he later withdrew the case after stakeholder intervention. The dispute resurfaced when the governor relocated the deputy governor’s office and restricted Shaibu from entering the Government House office.
An official letter regarding this relocation was shared on social media, dated September 15, 2023, and acknowledged on September 18, 2023. Orbih advised Obaseki and his Deputy to put their differences aside and prioritize peace, especially with the upcoming gubernatorial election scheduled for next year.
“I have observed with trepidation, the frosty relations between the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu and I am constrained to call on both parties to exercise restraint in what to say or do in the course of this ongoing needless and endless crisis.
“To my surprise, official letters, which should be confidential, are now dominating the social media space. I urge both parties to stop further hostilities and resolve their differences quietly in the interest of good governance and progress of the state. Anything less may affect the image and fortunes of the Party in the coming Guber election.
“Yes, we have had issues in the past between party and government, but we haven’t allowed them to be subject to newspaper editorials.
“The PDP is a strong brand in Edo State – a brand that has been nurtured over the years by the commitment of leaders and dedicated members of the party. This brand is now under serious threat by the current raging battle between the Governor and Deputy-Governor.
“I therefore seize this opportunity to call on both parties to ‘cease fire’ and resolve their differences amicably. God bless PDP. God bless Edo State.”
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