BREAKING: Edo deputy governor walks out of event after aides were denied entry


Phillip Shaibu, the deputy governor of Edo, on Monday staged
a walk-out at an event in the state after his aides, including security
operatives, were denied entry.


In a video shared
by Arise Television on Monday, while Shaibu was allowed into the venue of the
60th anniversary of the Midwest referendum organised by the state government,
his entourage was stopped from gaining access to the event.


When the deputy governor sought permission for his team to
come with him into the venue, a security official was seen as blocking the way.


“They must go with me,” the deputy governor said. But the
security officials in front of him said: “Don’t go in”.


Shuaibu then ordered a member of his entourage to start
making a video of the incident.


“Be videoing what is happening. It is not fair. Continue
recording him,” he said in the one-minute 46-second video.


But an official who looked like the one in charge told the
deputy governor: “Just hold on and let me get instruction.”


After what appeared like some time of waiting, the embattled
deputy governor signalled his team to leave the venue of the referendum saying
“Let’s go”.


A visibly frustrated deputy governor was seen leading his
aides out of the venue after which they boarded their vehicles and drove away.



Over the past few weeks, Godwin Obaseki, the governor of Edo
and Shaibu have been at loggerheads over issues pertaining to the alleged
impeachment plot against the deputy governor.


In July, Shaibu approached a federal high court in Abuja
with a suit to prevent the plot. However, Obaseki and Blessing Agbebaku,
speaker of the Edo house of assembly, denied the alleged impeachment plot.


In early August, Obaseki accused Shaibu of attempting to
overthrow him.


On Sunday, a crisis almost erupted at the New Festival Hall
of Government House, Benin, when an operative of the Department of State
Services (DSS) prevented Shaibu from meeting with the governor.


Reacting to the incident, Andrew Okungbowa, the governor’s
chief press secretary, said Obaseki was not aware of the security actions.


 “Whatever happened at
the church service was not at the behest of the governor, neither was he aware
of what the security aides were doing,” Okungbowa had said.


“In fact, the security aides were doing their job. Besides,
the governor was not aware that the deputy was coming to greet him. The church
is a public event, so the security aides had a duty to safeguard their


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