The embattled deputy governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, has begged his principal, Governor Godwin Obakeki, for forgiveness over their political differences.
Shaibu is at loggerheads with his boss, Obaseki over the next person to be governor in the state.
Shaibu, who disclosed this in an interview with journalists currently ongoing in his Benin City residence on Thursday.
He pleaded with Governor Obaseki to forgive and forget his sins.
Shaibu’s plea is coming following the forceful reallocation of his office outside the Government House, Obaseki has allocated his old office to Alaghodaro, a Benin word, meaning, “making progress or moving forward” and the catch phrase for an annual investment summit
He said both he and Obaseki needed to come back together as it was in their planto finish well on the ‘project Edo’ both of them started together some years agoHis words: “Like I have always told people, I am a loyal servant who will always support the governor. It is a vow (I took) that nothing can change. I only wish that the relationship we had comes back.
“I am really missing my governor and I know God will touch his heart and those who are trying to cause division between us that I mean well. If there is any mistake that I have made as a human, it was not out of wickedness. I have a very clean heart.
“I appeal to the governor, if there is anything that I have unknowingly done wrong, please, forgive me and let’s continue together as we have always been the envy of many states. It is still possible. I am sorry, my governor. I need us to keep working together,” Shaibu added.
On the relocation of his office from the Government House, the Deputy Governor noted that though he has resumed at his new office as directed by the governor, the new office was still undergoing some maintenance as the conference room was yet to receive furniture
However, contrary to his initial claim of renovating the one-storey apartment, Obaseki has allocated Shaibu’s old office to Alaghodaro.Alaghodaro, a Benin word that means, “making progress or moving forward”, has been an annual investment drive by Edo State Government, initiated by Obaseki since the inception of his administration close to seven years now.
The deputy had filed a suit at the Federal High Court against the state governor, Godwin Obaseki over alleged plot to impeach him but later withdraw the suit.
DAILY GIST understands that the fight over who will be the state’s next governor is what is causing a rift between the duo.