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Obaseki Finally Reveals Reason For Not Backing Shaibu as Successor

Yusuf Rahimat Clara reporting

The Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki says he could not risk supporting Philip Shaibu to succeed him as the leader of the state.

Recall that Shaibu, and Obaseki, were former allies, who fell off at Shaibu’s quest to become the next governor of Edo State.

The former deputy governor was impeached by the Edo State House of Assembly for leaking government information.

Despite claims in some quarters that the Edo State governor betrayed his former ally, Obaseki said the political permutations in the South-South state did not favour his former deputy to take over the reins of office at the Osadebay House in Benin City.

“For me, I did not understand where the ambition was coming from because it was clear that the odds were not in his favour in terms of succeeding me and I made it very clear,” he said.

“So, I could not take any risk on his ambition because I have to protect the Edo people. I could not take that risk on Edo people.”



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