Edo Assembly begins impeachment process against deputy gov

The feud between Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, has degenerated beyond settlement, as the Edo State House of Assembly, yesterday, commenced impeachment proceedings against Shaibu.


“We wish to categorically state that Oshiomhole has not, at any time, engaged in discussion with Governor Obaseki, regarding the plans to impeach his deputy. Let it be put on record that Oshiomhole, as the leader of the APC in Edo State, is solely focused on fostering goodwill between the people of Edo State and the APC, with the goal of winning the upcoming governorship election and returning the state to a path of progress under an APC government. Also, it is important to state that matters of impeachment are the sole responsibilities of the Edo State House of Assembly and the Edo State Judiciary.

“Political parties have no constitutional role to play in any impeachment process. Therefore, the notion that Oshiomhole can influence the actions of the APC lawmakers, should there be any impeachment exercise in the Edo State House of Assembly, is simply preposterous. Oshiomhole has not, and will not, engage in any deals with Gov Obaseki on this or any other political issue,” the statement said.

The relationship between Obaseki and his deputy got frosty when the Shaibu indicated interest to contest for the governorship position.

At a point, efforts were made for the two to reconcile after Shaibu tendered a public apology to the governor, following interventions of prominent personalities.

But, as the deputy governor stuck to his ambition to contest for the governorship position, he was ejected from the Government House and his office relocated outside the seat of Government at Osadebey Avenue in Benin City.


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