The embattled deputy governor of Edo State, Comrade Philip Shaibu, may have to choose between his 2024 governorship ambition or seek peace with Governor Godwin Obaseki, Naijinfo has learnt.
This was part of the condition reportedly handed out to Shaibu if his “sins” must be forgiven following his public apology during which he sought forgiveness from governor Obaseki.
A source close to the governor said: “if Shaibu dares to participate in the forthcoming primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he will be excluded from all government activities, including meetings of the Edo State Executive Council.”
Shaibu had while pleading for forgiveness said: “I have resumed in my new office, though it is still under renovation.
“I am sorry my Governor and we need to keep working together.”
According to him, “I appeal to the Governor, if there is anything that I don’t know I have done wrong, please forgive me and let’s continue as we have always been the envy of many States.
“Like I have always told people, I am a loyal servant who will always support the Governor. It is a vow which nothing can change.”
Obaseki and his deputy have been locked in bitter political feud after Shaibu asked Abuja Federal High Court to stop the governor and the State Assembly from impeaching him.
The deputy governor have nonetheless withdrew the litigation, citing interventions from traditional rulers and religious leaders.
The governor who had denied the allegation have ever since avoided coming in close contact with his deputy both in public and private.
Already, the deputy has been evicted from his official office in government House and allocated an office in a building outside.