Philip Shaibu, the Deputy Governor of Edo State, has affirmed his unwavering allegiance to his superior, Godwin Obaseki, despite the recent discord between them.
Shaibu clarified that his loyalty to Governor Obaseki is distinct from his personal aspiration to assume the position of Edo State governor.
Speaking on Sunday during the 32nd anniversary celebration of Edo State held at the New Festival Hall, Government House, Benin City, he referred to the governor as an elder brother.
This statement follows weeks of tension between the governor and his deputy. The deputy had obtained a court injunction in Abuja to halt alleged attempts by the governor and state assembly to impeach him. Obaseki, in response, expressed astonishment at his deputy’s actions and accused him of conspiring to overthrow him.
Nonetheless, Shaibu remarked, “My commitment to the governor remains unwavering. It’s evident that there is widespread solidarity, and I stand in solidarity with the governor. I also affirm my undivided commitment to the governor and nothing more.”
“Regarding the recent speculations, particularly during my absence, I prefer not to comment on them, especially concerning the governor. He holds a position of respect as my elder brother and boss, and I believe discussing such matters should be reserved for private conversations, not for public discourse.”
He added, “My personal principles are rooted in my Christian upbringing. When you make a promise to God, you must fulfill it. My vow to God is to steadfastly support Godwin Obaseki’s tenure as the governor of Edo State, from its inception to its conclusion.”
“However, this commitment does not interfere with personal ambitions. Ambitions are individual pursuits and do not compromise loyalty. My loyalty to the governor is firm, as evident through my alignment with the ongoing show of solidarity. I reiterate my steadfast support and loyalty to the governor, and nothing beyond that.”