The dispute between the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu, and others, including Governor Godwin Obaseki, may finally be resolved now that Shaibu has withdrawn the lawsuit in a letter.
In a statement that he personally signed, Shaibu stated that his choice was made with regard to the interventions of several persons, including religious leaders, notable Edo citizens, and the traditional institution. He also expressed gratitude to the governor for his support of the peace initiatives.
The statement reads: “Re: SUIT NO. FHC/ABJ/CS/1027/2023 Between: – Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu and Inspector General of Police, State Security Service, The Governor of Edo State and The Chief Judge of Edo State.
“Arising from the series of meetings held with me and also with Mr. Governor by well-meaning Edolites and indeed Nigerians including Party Leaders, Traditional Rulers, and my Archbishop, His Grace Most Rev’d Dr. Augustine Akubeze, the Archbishop of Benin Archdiocese on the issues that led to my going to Court on the above-named suit and with due respect to these eminent personalities and leaders whose persuasions and persons | cannot ignore, |, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu have authorized and instructed my Solicitors to withdraw the Suit forthwith.
“I wish to sincerely thank and appreciate these well-meaning Nigerians, Party Leaders, Traditional Rulers, and my Archbishop, His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Augustine Akubeze for their kind words, advise and encouragement thus far in ensuring peace and unity in our dear State Edo. I also wish to place on record my special thanks to Mr. Governor, my boss and Senior brother for this path of peace.
“Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu.