Obaseki Vs Shaibu: Despite peace move, Edo govt. sent Deputy Governor to building under renovation


Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu, and his office staff have been sent out of the Government House, Benin.

Last week,  the move to relocate Shaibu from Government House was reported.

However, some stakeholders waded into the brewing conflict between the first two citizens of Edo, resulting in the deputy governor withdrawing a suit against the governor over an alleged plan to impeach him.

Shaibu had said his decision was to respect the intervention of several individuals, including religious, prominent Edo people and the traditional institution.

He also appreciated the governor for agreeing on the peace initiatives.

But on Monday, Shaibu was relocated to a new building located at 7 Dennis Osadebe Avenue, Benin.

Our reporter, who visited the new office close to the emergency gate of the government house, observed some civil servants moving in while others were cleaning the compound.

But journalists were denied entry as the security man at the gate claimed they don’t have the government house identification cards.

Some plain clothes security aides of the deputy governor were also seen driving into the building.

According to reports, a memo directing the relocation to the new office was issued last week by the Permanent Secretary, Head of Office to the Permanent Secretary, Deputy Governor’s Office, and a reminder was also issued over the weekend.

An aide of the deputy governor who told our reporter in confidence that the staff of the deputy governor’s office started moving to the new office on Monday.

“We have been told to move and we have today. The memo was sent directly to the Permanent Secretary. The civil servants are the one moving now but the deputy governor is yet to move, we may move before the end of the week,” he said.

The rift has culminated to the disbandment of his press crew and withdrawal from his office supervision of revenue generation agencies, local governments and sports amongst others.