Some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) in Edo State have cried out that the ongoing crisis between the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, might cost the party the forthcoming governorship polls next year.
They said if nothing is done to arrest the current crisis between Obaseki and Shaibu, the All Progressive Congress (APC) or Labour Party (LP) in the state might have an urge over the party.
Their fears stem from the recent rift between the governor and his deputy, Naija News reports.
Recently, Shaibu approached the Federal High Court in Abuja to stop an alleged impeachment plan by his principal, which Obaseki has denied.
Observer said Shaibu’s sour relationship with his principal might not be unconnected with his recent romance with the leaders of All Progressives Congress (APC), mainly when a video of Shaibu with Obaseki’s predecessor, Senator Adams Oshiomhole, during the National Assembly inauguration in Abuja went viral.
Shortly after the video went viral, the deputy governor was relieved of taking charge of revenue collection functions in the state, a development he was not happy about.
Raising some concerns about how the feud might affect the party’s chances next year at the governorship polls, a top government official in the state who pleaded anonymity told The Guardian that: “The fight, if not managed, will give the APC an edge in the coming governorship election. We hope they settle out of court and do damage control; otherwise, we would have again given our opponents the leeway to take over Edo State should the infighting continue.”
Another party chieftain also noted that the party was more divided than ever owing to the governor’s style of politics, which has left both the old PDP members (Legacy PDP) and the new PDP members helpless with the current situation.
He said: “We cannot help the situation, the PDP is factionalized under Governor Obaseki, and we have a governorship election next year. They have gone out to disagree a few months to the election. This may affect our chances again should the crisis escalate beyond this time.”
He expressed the view that the governorship election may not be easy for the PDP saying if the party doesn’t pick the right candidate and zone its ticket to Edo Central, the party may have cleared the way for a Labour Party victory.
The PDP chieftain further pointed out that Obaseki may not even be able to anoint any candidate or produce a successor because of the too much infighting under his leadership while in the APC and now PDP.
Meanwhile, a source close to Obaseki told the platform that reports about Shaibu’s impeachment are all false.
The source accused the deputy governor of boasting some two months ago of using former Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike’s system in Edo. He also said that the hues and cry of Shaibu was a preemptive move to prevent impeachment and keep his position.
The source, who is the governor’s loyalist, said the deputy governor put out the story of impeachment because he (Shaibu) was aware of the zoning system in PDP, which he noted would not favour him. He added that Shaibu has been uncharitable to the party.
“He started his surreptitious move immediately after the 2023 presidential election by forming a campaign group in all the wards across the state. He is driven by his inordinate ambition. Comrade Oshiomhole, who handed it over to Obaseki, is from Etsako West, the same as the deputy governor, and he wants the governor to hand it over to him. What then happens to the other local councils in the North and then the Central too, which has never tasted power?
“Obaseki has told him that it is not time for politics so that governance does not suffer. He maintains that at the appropriate time, attention will be given to politics, but Shaibu is not ready for that and wants governance to be abandoned for politics. His move is to force Governor Obaseki into the trenches.
“He has insisted on Obaseki supporting him as the next governor. By this move, he is just unnecessarily afraid of his shadow as there are no plans to impeach him. He has shown that he lacks the courage to approach the governor and discuss his ambition with him. Instead, he is going about it in a surreptitious manner. The move is a defensive mechanism,” the source added.
Impeachment: ‘My Life Under Threat’ — Ondo Speaker Cries Out Over ‘Juju’ Scare At Residence
The Speaker of the Ondo state House of Assembly, Olamide Oladiji, has raised the alarm that his life is under threat over the impeachment notice served to the deputy governor of the state, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, over alleged gross misconduct.
Oladiji raised the alarm in Akure after some fetish objects were dumped in front of the gate of his residence, at midnight on Sunday
The fetish objects were dumped at the gate of the Speaker’s lodge, ahead of the plenary to commence the impeachment of the deputy governor, tomorrow ( Tuesday)
This development created apprehension in the state, as residents discuss it in hushed tones.
Following the scary development, the speaker, has called on the security agencies to save his soul and that of other members of the House following threats to their lives since the commencement of the impeachment process against the State’s Deputy Governor,
According to him, “Early this morning, his attention was drawn together a ritual sacrifice placed In front of his official lodge.”
The lodge which “requires renovation is only used sometimes for Parliamentary meetings.
“I have not been using the place except sometimes for parliamentary meetings. At least, we have been there for more than two times for meeting but I don’t sleep there because the place requires overhauling with its present state.
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“Early this morning, we discovered that a sacrifice was placed in the lodge. Aside that, I have been receiving strange calls from strange people threatening my life and other members. There have been a lot of pressure on me.
“I am using the medium to tell the world that my life is under threat. I call on the security operatives to checkmate these people who have been threatening my life and other members.
“This threat started since the day we began the impeachment notice . I have already reported to NSCDC among others security agencies”
The Speaker, also debunked the rumour that the lawmakers collected N5 million to initiate the impeachment process
Oladiji said that the 10th Assembly under his watch will not compromise on such sensitive matter.
“Whenever there is an impeachment case like this, people think that the executive must have lured the legislature to begin the process.
” I want to tell the whole world that we did not receive any gratification from anybody or anywhere. We are doing our work as lawmakers
“We appropriate and at the same time, monitor what we appropriate. Let me tell you, 26 lawmakers have now signed the letter which we will serve the deputy governor today”
“The House will today serve the Deputy Governor of the State, Mr Lucky Ayedatiwa a letter on the alleged gross misconduct.”
The Speaker noted that the House was unable to serve the Deputy Governor the Notice since the commencement of the process last week.
He, however, said that the house has now secured court affidavit which gives the house a legitimate right to serve the Deputy Governor.
According to him “all the 26 lawmakers have appended their signature on the petition. The Deputy Governor is expected to reply the house within seven days of notice.”
Atiku Unveils 10 Purported Lies Of Tinubu’s Administration In 117 Days
The Special Assistant on Public Communications to former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Phrank Shaibu, has urged Nigerians to be weary of what he described as a deliberate ploy by the President Bola Tinubu’s administration to use propaganda to deceive citizens.
Shaibu in a statement in Abuja, on Sunday, said Nigerians shouldn’t be deceived by the apology issued by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Ajuri Ngelale and others because “they are only sorry they got caught.”
According to him, the President’s handlers have been caught in at least 10 embarrassing lies which are part of the orchestrated propaganda siege on Nigerians over a 117 days period.
He further said, “The fact that Tinubu has more media aides than economic and security advisers is enough to prove that his administration would rely on propaganda as a state policy.
“My advice to the Nigerian media is to always fact-check any claim made by this government as this would help maintain their credibility. If the Tinubu government says it is morning, go outside to verify if the sun is shining.”
Shaibu further said, “These are the 10 lies of the Tinubu regime I have compiled so far:
“1. The first lie that was told by Bola Tinubu was in his inaugural speech, where he stated that petrol subsidy is gone. With oil prices now at $94 per barrel and naira exchanging at N1,000/$1, the price of diesel has risen to about N1,000 per litre while petrol remains at about N620 per litre. It is obvious to the discerning mind that petrol is now being subsidised, a position which all oil marketers have espoused. Nigerians should not be deceived.
“Tinubu’s claim that there is no subsidy is a lie from the pit of hell, and the fact that they are even hiding the information means there is no transparency, and the money is probably being stolen again.
“2. The second lie told by these charlatans was that the United Arab Emirates had lifted the visa ban on Nigerians immediately and that all Nigerians were free to visit Dubai.
“This lie was well celebrated by many undiscerning Nigerians whose only crime was to believe the deceptive words of an illegitimate government. UAE authorities later confirmed to CNN that it was all a lie. What a national embarrassment!
“3. A third lie told by this deceptive government is that Tinubu was the first African President to ring the NASDAQ bell. It has since been established that Malawian President, Jakaya Kikwete, rang the bell on September 21, 2011.
“4. Another lie was a statement issued by Ajuri Ngelale on August 27, 2023 where US Presidential Envoy and Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ambassador Molly Phee, was quoted as saying, “President Joe Biden is asking to meet with you on the sidelines of UNGA and you are the only African leader he has requested to meet. It is a mark of his high regard for your leadership.” Well, this has turned out to be another embarrassing lie as Tinubu has departed UNGA and never met President Biden.
“5. A fifth lie was a claim made by Tinubu on the floor of NASDAQ where he stated that “We have retooled the exchange rate to a reliable, dependable one figure floating of the naira. You are free to take in your money and bring out your money.”
“But this is another lie from the pit of hell. The exchange rate on the I&E Window is about N780/$1, while the rate at the parallel market is about N1,000/$1. Besides, foreign airlines still have over $600m funds stuck in Nigeria. Tinubu, therefore, lied when he said “you are free to take in your money and bring out your money.”
“6. On August 14, 2023, the Nigerian government said on its official Twitter handle that the Nigerian Air Force struck terrorists gathering at Kurebe in Shiroro LGA in Niger State. The government claimed that the terrorists were neutralised.
“Well, Premium Times has now revealed in its latest report that this is nothing but propaganda as those who were killed were innocent civilians. Is it not tragic that the Bola Tinubu administration has now infected the military with its lies? Indeed, once the head of the fish is rotten, the body cannot escape corruption.
“7. As part of Bola Tinubu’s propaganda programme, the Central Bank of Nigeria said on September 6, 2023 that within two weeks, it would inject $10 billion into the foreign exchange market to clear the FX backlog. Days after the deadline passed, not a single cent has been injected into the system as the naira continues its free fall. The institution that Tinubu’s leadership cannot destroy does not exist.
“8. In his inaugural speech, Tinubu said, “As your President, I shall serve with prejudice towards none.”
“But this has turned out to be another barefaced lie. Tinubu has been running a government of the clannish, by the clannish and for the clannish, with all key appointments in every sector going to a section of the country including CBN, FIRS, customs, army, police, immigration while he himself is the petroleum and gas minister.
“Tinubu appointed 10 ministers from the southwest and only five from the southeast. If this isn’t prejudice, I don’t know what it is.
“9. Last month, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited claimed they had obtained an Afrexim loan of $3bn with which it would help stabilise the naira. We raised the alarm that it was all a ruse to deceive Nigerians. Now, we have been justified as the naira is now trading at $1/N1,000 on the black market, while Afrexim Bank has refused to speak on it. This was just audio money.
“10. Perhaps the biggest scam and deceit of the Tinubu administration was the Student Loan Act, which he signed on June 12.
“The new law provides loans for students’ tuition only. It doesn’t cover any other educational expenses.
“After the law was signed, all federal government schools began increasing school fees. But Dele Alake, the Special Adviser on Media as he then was, said in a statement that tuition in all government schools remains free and that the only fees that were increased were accommodation, laboratory, library and other costs. So if tuition is free and the Students Loan Act covers only tuition fee, that means the Student Loan Act is pointless, and no money will be released.
“In essence, Tinubu’s government has prodded government schools to increase fees while no loans will be given to the students. This is the height of deception and wickedness.”
Edo Central Stakeholders Chide Shaibu Over Attempt To Blackmail Obaseki To Abandon Zoning Arrangement
The people of Edo Central Senatorial District have called on thevstate deputy governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu to exercise restraint and stop the “incessant blackmail of governor Godwin Obaseki, in a bid to pressure the governor to yield to pressure to disregard the senatorial zoning arrangement to produce the next governor of the Edo State.
In a press briefing in Benin city, the convener of Esan Advocate For Good Governance, Comrade Bartholomew Okoudo said the deputy governor ‘s frequent tirade is to get the Governor to endorse his candicacy for the governorship election holding next year.
“This is the singular reason he is employing different tricks to box the governor to a corner and extract a committment,” he added.
He stated that Shaibu’s attempt to curry public sympathy is aimed at armtwisting the governor.
He said: “The frustration he is expressing is only a coy way to make it seem as if he is being victimised, but everyone knows he is intoxicated by his inordinate ambition.
“Shaibu thinks everything must be by force. It is on record that the people of Edo North Senatorial District produced Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who is also from Etsako West Local Government Area, as the current Edo State Deputy Governor. He served for eight years between 2008 and 2016 before handing over to the incumbent governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, a Benin man who was produced by the people of Edo South Senatorial District.”
Comrade Bartholomew Okoudo declared that, lot to produce the next governor according to the zoning arrangement is on the Edo Central Senatorial District who has never had the opportunity to produce the governor of the state except the short reign of Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor between May 2007 and November 2008.
According to him, “The shenanigans by Comrade Shaibu aimed at blackmailing the governor in pursuit of his unreasonable and desperate ambition to become the next governor at all cost will not work and must be resisted by all well-meaning Edo people.
“During the administration of Chief Lucky Igbinedion between 1999 and 2007, the Deputy Governor at the time was Chief Mike Oghiadomhe from Etsako in Edo North Senatorial District. He also served for eight years.
“This was followed by Oshiomhole also from Etsako West as Governor and now Comr. Philip Shaibu, from Etsako West who is almost completing eight years tenure as deputy governor.
“How then can he be aspiring to be next governor? Is this fair and equitable? What is the fate of the other local government areas and senatorial districts in the State? (Sic)”
The Esan Advocate For Good Governance convener who stated that the deputy governor has his right to aspire for any political position in the State and Country, urged him to stop “these charades to pressure the governor into neglecting the zoning arrangement. His agitation runs against the spirit of fairness and equity.”
He continued: “We also charge Nigerians not to be deceived by all these tantrums, blackmail and display of entitlement by the deputy governor which are failed attempts to force the governor to yield to pressure so that Comrade Shaibu can have his way and become the next governor of Edo State.
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“From Shaibu running to the Federal High Court in Abuja, asking for a restraining order to stop Governor Obaseki from impeaching him to spreading falsehoods about the Governor preventing him from performing his roles as deputy and causing various scenes at public events and public places, it has all been an engineered charade to make the Governor seem unapproachable.
“The most recent of this is his attempt to force his way into the personal office of the governor along with his security aides at the Dennis Osadebey Avenue, GRA, Benin City.
“The Deputy Governor who has worked with Governor Obaseki over the past seven years should know him better that no amount of pressure to blackmail him will force the governor to support him in his inordinate quest.
“We the people of Edo Central Senatorial District are calling on him to stop this charade and toe the path of peace in the spirit of equity and fairness.
“There is peace and security in Edo and we urge the Deputy Governor not create the scene that there is none in Edo through his actions and desperate moves.”
Okoudo who declared that it is the turn of Edo Central to produce the next governor of the state, added that anyone working contrary to such plan is anti people as it relates to the zoning arrangement.
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