Edo 2024: APC Chairman Visits Impeached Deputy Governor, Shaibu

The acting Chairman of the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Emperor Jaret Tenet, on Wednesday  paid a visit to the impeached and removed Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu.

The visit was confirmed in a viral video, where Shaibu vowed to contest his impeachment without let.

Shaibu, who was impeached by the Edo State House of Assembly, left the APC with his boss, Godwin Obaseki, to contest the governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party four years ago.

Shaibu, who received Tenebe in his residence in Abuja, said the reason for removing him from office was the September 21, 2024 governorship election in the state.

He, however, said his removal would not stand the test of time.

He said: “We have shared a lot of things, both good and bad together. 

“I am deeply humbled and happy that even this situation has brought us together as one that we are. 

“You are one person that I have always admired, someone that I grew up with.

“The person that separated us has also united us and that is the beauty of what has happened. 

“I want to assure you that as we move on, just like you said, this whole thing happened between Lent and Ramadan and the lessons of Lent and Ramadan are obvious. 

“I am not ready to change my attitude.

“I am ready to be a friend and loyal friend and partner.

“What has happened will not change my quest to be loyal to anybody that I will work with and I will encourage anybody to be loyal to their boss. 

“I was a loyal person and I am still loyal.

“The price of loyalty is success and the impeachment that has happened is because God wants to open a new chapter and I see that new chapter, the new opportunity.

“I can assure you, my chairman, I call you my chairman because you are already my chairman and I think you are also one of the reasons they hurriedly did what they did because they know what it takes for you and me to be together and they thought they could use impeachment to get me to succumb, but you know that I won’t succumb.

“I am somebody that is strong-willed and when I mean something, I mean it and when I look at the whole thing, I am paying the price, I also believe that it is only the man that God impeaches that is impeached. `

“By the grace of God, I know the judiciary will do the needful because it is an impeachment that I have not been served. 

“So, I want to assure you that my cooperation and my loyalty will remain my weapon and I will definitely be there at all times. 

“Our next target is September 21 and by the grace of God we will get there.”

Tenebe had earlier told Shaibu: “I am here to pay you this solidarity visit because I still regard you as the Deputy Governor of Edo State because that sham they did in the Edo State House of Assembly is a disgrace to the governor and it is an aberration to our democracy, which I know that the court will not allow to stand.

“You are somebody who stood out.

“The price you paid is the price of loyalty.

“You were loyal even to the detriment of the people you started with.

“You paid that price.

“Today they have removed you as the deputy governor, but we still regard you as the deputy governor.

“It is the price that you have paid to ensure that Obaseki and his semblance are rooted out of Edo State and I can tell you that we will not allow you to walk alone.

“We are with you in spirit. 

“You are a strong man and I am here as the chairman of APC in Edo State and I am also an Uzairue indigene, where we both come from.

“We should be strong and I implore you to continue to pursue this matter in court and we will be with you all through and God is your strength. 

“When one door is closed, many more are opened and many are opened for you from today. 

“That is what the detractors don’t know.

“Be strong and we will march on together.”

The Eagle Online


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