A Nigerian policy economist and politician, Mr Taiwo Francis Akerele, who served as Chief of Staff to Governor Godwin Obaseki, has warned the Governor and his Deputy, Rt. Hon Philip Shaibu against making the state ungovernable because of their political differences, while urging them to focus on governing the state in the best interest of its citizens.
According to reports Akerele, a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Edo state, who spoke on the sidelines of the UNGA 78 in New York, however, reacted to the latest development between Governor Obaseki and his Deputy, Shaibu.
He expressed fear that the recent political tensions escalating within the state might cause distraction that has the potential to negatively affect the security, governance and prosperity of the state.
“It is disheartening to witness the recurrent personal battles between Governor Obaseki and Deputy Governor Shaibu. Their ongoing feud is causing severe disruptions, hindering the state from progressing and addressing the significant challenges it faces”, Akerele noted.
He said while the Governor and Deputy Governor continue their public sparring, the security of lives and property within Edo State remains at risk and therefore called on the security agencies under the control of President Tinubu, to ensure the safety and well-being of the people, thereby compensating for the government’s inability to properly address the pressing security concerns.