BY GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
EDO State Deputy Governor, Mr. Philip Shaibu, yesterday gave reasons why he supported governor Godwin Obaseki against the immediate past Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole during the September 19,2020 governorship election in the state.
Shaibu spoke in Benin yesterday at reception organised by the out-gone local government chairmen in the state shortly after their Thanksgiving service at St. Paul Catholic Church.
He said they started the revolution of not placing Edo in the hands of Individuals that will mortgage their collective heritage and wealth and be flying jets all over under Oshiomhole’s administration as governor of the state.
He said, “We said there must be a change and that godfathers must be brought to their kneels and people must decide who lead them while leaders must be accountable to the people and not few godfathers.
“But, along the line people that don’t believe in it fall by the road just like the way Oshiomhole fell by the road side because he didn’t actually believe that we should make poverty history in Edo.
“Even the commissioners, SSAS and some local government chairmen that resigned from our cabinet didn’t believe in the course because if they do the fight then was needles,”.
He said the collective thing that bid them together in the struggle was the journey of making poverty history in Edo which started with Oshiomhole According to him, the fight was between those who believing in making poverty history in Edo and those who didn’t believe in it.
He said ” for me people said I am loyal to Obaseki, but I am loyal to a course I believe in, “I was brutalised, Injured and had my kneel and everything replaced under Oshiomhole’s administration, all this was that some godfathers wanted to derail our making poverty history in Edo, so we fought on the side of the people and the beneficiary of that struggle was Oshiomhole,”.
He said, “the second fight now, he (Oshiomhole) became the new godfather trying to derail making poverty history which he fought for, but I fought on the side of governor Obaseki in making poverty history in Edo,” Shaibu said whoever stand in the way of making poverty history in the state will always have all of them to fight, adding “I will be in the forefront of that fight ,”.
He commended the out-gone chairmen for not betraying the people and the course they believe in to join the godfathers even after they were offered jeeps and millions of Naira.
He urged the people to believe in the administration of governor Obasaseki, saying replaced politics thuggery with a new political system when individuals meet, plan strategize and make it plain for the benefit of the people.
Earlier, the Chairman Association of Local Government in Nigeria, Edo state chapter, Jekins Osunde, commended the state government for given them the free hands to run the councils. He noted despite the challenge of COVID-19 pandemic and dwindling allocation, they still delivered on their electoral promises.