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Politics of Tuesday, 21 November 2023


Obaseki’s deputy declares intention to run for governor, plans campaign in Edo

Godwin Obaseki & Philip Shaibu Godwin Obaseki & Philip Shaibu

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Edo state's deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, is gearing up to formally announce his candidacy for the upcoming 2024 Edo state governorship election.

This according to the state's political actors, will add a new layer of complexity to the already strained relationship with his principal, Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Sources close to the political dynamics in the state reveal that Shaibu's gubernatorial ambition has fueled tensions with Governor Obaseki, who reportedly holds reservations about his deputy succeeding him in office.

The anticipated declaration by Shaibu is expected to add fuel to the ongoing political drama within the state.

He has been consulting and meeting with politicians and the media on his intention with the latest being his meeting with journalists in Abuja over the weekend and it was gathered that a similar meeting would be held in Lagos on Tuesday, November 21, The New Telegraph reported.

Shaibu, who stated this at a media parley with the Edo state journalists forum in Abuja, said experience, capacity, and knowledge were some of the factors separating him from anyone desirous of succeeding Governor Godwin Obaseki, adding that he had all, Vanguard reported.

However, a close aide to Shaibu on Monday, November 20, confirmed the development to The Punch that all things being equal, he will declare his intention officially by next week.

The source who pleaded anonymity said: "If everything works according to his (Shaibu’s) plans, he will officially declare his intention next week.

"He has already secured a campaign office along Airport Road, some of the campaign vehicles have started arriving and the consultations have reached an advanced stage."