September 2, 2023

Obaseki/Shaibu rift: Edo Dep Gov gets new office outside govt house

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Philip Shuaibu

By Ozioruva Aliu, Benin City

The crisis between Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, deepened on Saturday as a new office outside the Government House has been allocated to the deputy governor.

A building located at 7, Dennis Osadebey Avenue, close to the Government House, which is the Edo State Procurement Agency office, has been renovated with a sign reading Office of the Deputy.

The building was commissioned by the former governor, Adams Oshiomhole on December 16, 2014.

However, contacted, the Chief Press Secretary to Shaibu, Musa Ebhomiana, said the issue of relocating to any office is a rumour because the deputy governor has not been communicated to that effect.

One of the workers seen in the facility, who did not give his name, said that the job is expected to be delivered on Monday.

According to him, “I work for the company handling the renovation of this building. Our job is to deliver the project on Monday.

“I do not know how the signboard got to the entrance of the building and I don’t have an idea of what the building will be used for,” he added.

The Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Nehikhare said: “If there is a government signboard saying so, then it must be so.”