Drama As Security Aide Denies Shaibu Access To Obaseki In Public
In Edo State Government House, there was drama as security guards prevented Philip Shaibu, the deputy governor, from accessing Governor Godwin Obaseki at a public event on Sunday.
The Interdenominational Thanksgiving Church Service to commemorate Edo’s 32nd year anniversary was conducted at the Festival Hall, Government House, and Obaseki was photographed seated with his wife while the security aide stood in front of him to block the access.
This is not unconnected to the recent fallout between Shaibu and his principal over his rumoured 2024 governorship ambition following his return from vacation in the United States.
Speaking after the denial, Shaibu pledged his loyalty to Obaseki, adding that his loyalty has nothing to do with his ambition to become the governor of the state.
He further described the governor as his elder brother.
The deputy governor said, “My loyalty to the governor remains absolute. I see that everybody is in solidarity. I am also in solidarity with the governor. I am also declaring my unalloyed loyalty to the governor and nothing more.”
“As for the issues that are around town when I was away, I really would not want to talk about them, especially about the governor. He is my elder brother and boss and I don’t think I should talk about anything.
“And if I have issues with him, I think it is better settled at home and not in the media. I am well brought up.
“I can tell you that from my Christian background if you make a vow with God that you want to do something, you must fulfil it. And the vow I have taken with God is that I will continue to support Godwin Obaseki as the governor of Edo State from the beginning to the end.
Meanwhile, reacting to the incident, the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Sylvester Okungbowa, defended his principal, saying, “Whatever happened at the Church service was not at the behest of the Governor, neither was he aware what the security aides were doing; in fact, the security aides were doing their job.
“Besides, the governor was not aware that the deputy was coming to greet him.
“The Church is a public event, so the security aides had a duty to safeguard their principal,” he added.