Amid the political rumble in the state, Deputy Governor of Edo state, Philip Shaibu has reemphasized his loyalty to his principal, Governor of the State, Godwin Obaseki.
Shaibu disclosed this while speaking at the 32nd anniversary of the state, in a reception held in the Government house of the state, Benin City.
This is coming after months of a political tussle between both parties, with the deputy Governor obtaining a court order to prevent his speculated impeachment.
The Governor on the other hand has been very vocal about his reservations about his deputy’s political style.
Speaking at the event, the deputy governor described Obaseki as his “elder brother”, adding that he will not discuss issues with the governor “on camera”.Shaibu also in a twisted statement also said his loyalty does not prevent him from having an ambition.He added that he has spoken to God about supporting the governor till the end of their tenure.
“As for the issues that are around town when I was away, I really would not want to talk. Issues that concern my governor are not things I like to speak about on camera,” he said.
“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 fulfill it.
“The vow I have made with God is that I will continue to support Godwin Obaseki as the governor of Edo state from the beginning to the end.
“But that does not stop anything that has to do with ambition. Ambition is personal and it does not affect loyalty.
“My loyalty to the governor remains absolute. I see that everybody is doing solidarity. I am also in solidarity with the governor.”
There are strong speculations that Philip Shaibu is nursing a guber ambition to succeed Obaseki in 2024, however, it is unavoidably obvious that the latter is not in support of his bid.