The Edo State Deputy Governor,
Rt. Hon Comrade Philip Shaibu, has apologized to his political father and
former governor of the state Comrade Adams Oshiomhole over his choice of language when they had
their political differences but insisted that his ambition to succeed his
principal, Governor Godwin Obaseki as the next governor of the state is borne
out of a divine conviction to serve the
State and take governance back to the people.
The Deputy Governor made the remarks while
speaking live on a private broadcast television station in Lagos monitored in
Benin City where he said one of the reasons he has not joined issues with his
boss despite the frosty relationship between them was to avoid the use of
language that may become his albatross when he eventually wins the ticket of
the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Shaibu said “I want to be the next governor of
Edo State not because l am Philip Shaibu, it is my constitutional right. Before
publicly declaring my interest to contest, l had consulted widely with many
persons and groups within and outside Edo State. Moreover, l went into prayers
to seek guidance and direction from God. The signs l received encouraged me to
go ahead with my aspiration, though it was obvious the Governor had his own
plans of supporting another person.
“If my party wants to win the election in Edo State, give it to Philip
Shaibu but if they want to lose, they should give it to somebody else, not
because I am a super star but because I have the content, I have the quality, I
have the experience.
“People have asked me if I had regrets about
my confrontation with Oshiomhole because the governor I supported is now
fighting me and I said no, the only thing, I have apologised and I am still
apologising to Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for is the language I used and that is
why I said I don’t want to repeat the same mistake. I regret the language I
used but in terms of the principle to support Obaseki, if I still have the
opportunity I will support Obaseki because at that time, that was the right
thing to do, it is the language used, and I apologise again to Comrade Adams Oshiomhole
on the language used
The Deputy Governor however reaffirmed his
loyalty to Governor Obaseki, asserting that inspite of ongoing altercations and
deprivation of his constitutional rights, he was committed to supporting the
Governor and the Government to end well and finish strong.
“I have overtime been deprived of my constitutional rights as Deputy
Governor. This has not in any way affected my loyalty to the Governor. I have
had to make lots of personal sacrifices to ensure a good relationship and
deliver on our promise to Edo people. Sometimes, one has to play the fool for a
relationship to survive”.
PROMOTE YOUR | MUSIC| VIDEO | COMEDY SKIT | MIXTAPES HERE ON CONNECTNAIJA CALL/WHATSAPP : +2348122390211