File image of Edo Deputy Governor, Shaibu, locked out on Monday.
By Omeiza Ajayi & Treasure Ayegba
The crisis of confidence between the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, took a new twist on Monday, following the decision of the governor to lock out his estranged deputy from the Government House.
Shaibu got the shock of the moment when he got to his office Monday and found that the gate to the office of the deputy governor and the main entrance leading to the storey building was locked with chains and heavy padlocks.
While he and his aides waited for about an hour before leaving, Shaibu, during the period, reportedly made frantic efforts to reach the governor but failed.
An aide to the deputy governor, who made the pictures available to the public but prefer not to be named, disclosed that his principal had some discussions with the Commissioner of Police and the Director, Department of State Services, DSS, alerting them of how he was locked out from his office.
According to him, there was no official communication to the effect that the deputy governor’s office had been locked.
Shaibu was consequently said to have summoned the Camp Commandant at the Government House, SP Ibrahim Babatunde, querying why he was locked out of his office.
“He said it was a directive from above, adding that the CSO in Government House, Wabba Williams, will be in a better position to explain,” the aide said.
Shaibu was said to have put calls to Williams, who promised to come to the scene.
However, the CSO never came all through the period Shaibu waited.