June 17, 2024

Edo 2024: Shaibu declares support for APC gov candidate, Monday Okpebholo

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Philip Shaibu

A former deputy governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, has declared support for the opposition, All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Monday Okpebholo ahead of September 21 governorship election in Edo state.

Shaibu spoke on the sidelines of the 2024 Father’s Day celebration at Saint Paul’s Catholic Church in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

Recall that Shaibu was recently impeached by the Edo State House of Assembly, ending months of tussle between him and Governor Godwin Obaseki over the former’s move to contest the Edo Governorship election. 

According to Shaibu, the governorship race started with three homeboys- himself, Okpebholo and Olumide Akpata of the Labour Party.

He said, “I will support a homeboy, I came into politics to contest as the governor of Edo State because I need government to return to homeboy- people that understand our plight, people that understand what the people are feeling.

“Even the United Nations talk about the need for assessment. We don’t want outsiders, we have experimented, with outsiders and it’s not working, so this time around, we want homeboy.

“Today I came in as a homeboy, we have only two homeboys in the major political parties in Edo State. One is in labour, and one is in APC, and I choose to follow another homeboy in the APC.

“The man they are parading in the PDP is an outsider, and we have also agreed that no more godfatherism in Edo,  so the man the PDP is trying to portray in Edo now is the godson of Obasek,  and there is no way godsons will now be governor of Edo.”

Shaibu noted that since he had dropped out of the race, his preferred choice from the remaining homeboys in Okpebholo.

He noted that Edo governor, Godwin Obaseki has said everyone was free to choose who to support in any election, the reason he has come out publicly to back the APC governorship candidate in the election despite his PDP membership.

He stressed that his support for the opposition is not anti-party, adding even Governor Obaseki in the last election, was partly PDP and Labour Party.

“The governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki says that everybody has the right to support whoever he wants to support, but he forgot also that he doesn’t have the right to stop anybody from whom he wants to support.

“But I take one part from what he said, we all have the right to support whom we want to support, so it’s my right to decide who I want to support.”