Edo Assembly Initiates Impeachment Process Against Shaibu

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The Edo State House of Assembly has commenced impeachment proceedings against the Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, during its plenary session on Wednesday.

The majority leader of the assembly, Charity Aiguobarueghian, representing Ovia North East 1, revealed that the move stemmed from a petition dated March 5, 2024, endorsed by 21 out of the 24 lawmakers.

The petition cited allegations of perjury and divulging state secrets against the embattled deputy governor.

The Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly,Blessing Agbebaku has directed the clerk of the House, Yahaya Omogbai, to serve the impeachment notice on Shaibu, granting him seven days to respond.

The strained relationship between Shaibu and Governor Godwin Obaseki has been evident in recent months. Shaibu attributed the fallout to his gubernatorial ambition, which diverged from Obaseki’s preferences.

“He has not been happy that I’m not supporting his candidate. It is my right to contest in an election and I’m exercising that right. And he has done a lot of negative things. It doesn’t really matter, I see it as politics.”

“I’ve made up my mind to always respect the office of the governor, and I’ll continue to respect the office of the governor till the end, whether as deputy or any other thing.”

“So the relationship is not cordial, I can tell you that. It’s not from my own end, it’s from his own end because I have made attempts to bridge the gap, but he doesn’t allow it”, Shaibu said.

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Meanwhile,Despite Shaibu’s efforts to mend the relationship, the governor’s reluctance to engage has exacerbated tensions.

“I have called him and he doesn’t pick up, even in public functions, I greet him, but he doesn’t answer me, because I have made up my mind that I must exercise my right.

“We’ve never had any differences, the only difference we have is ‘why are you contesting’?”

Shaibu emerged winner in a parallel primary as Asue Ighodalo was elected as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the September 21 governorship election.

However, the deputy governor has maintained that he is the authentic candidate of the PDP, saying that the party risks losing the state if it backs Ighodalo.

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