The embattled Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, has publicly appealed to his principal, Governor Godwin Obaseki, for forgiveness, marking a potential reconciliation in their political feud.
Addressing a press conference in Benin City on Thursday, Philip Shaibu, with a tone of humility, expressed his heartfelt plea for reconciliation. He acknowledged the political differences that have marred their relationship and urged Governor Obaseki to consider forgiveness and moving forward for the sake of the state and its people.
“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.”
This move comes after a period of intense political rivalry between the two leaders, which had threatened to destabilize the political climate in Edo State. Their collaboration was instrumental in securing victory for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2020 gubernatorial election in the state.
Governor Obaseki had allocated the office of his Deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu, in Government House, Benin, to serve as the secretariat for the Alaghodaro initiative.
Deputy Governor Shaibu has also been relocated to a new office at No. 7, Dennis Osadebey Avenue, GRA, Benin, with a bold inscription that reads, “Office of the Deputy Governor, No. 7, Dennis Osadebey Avenue, GRA, Benin City.” This new location is not far from the Government House.
Governor Obaseki has not yet responded to Shaibu’s plea for forgiveness and reconciliation.