I Feel Betrayed by Obaseki – Phillip Shaibu

The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu has expressed a sense of betrayal by his principal, Godwin Obaseki for not supporting his candidacy in the upcoming 2024 governorship election.
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State with is Deputy, Philip Shaibu
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State with is Deputy, Philip ShaibuGuardian

Shaibu asserted that he was persuaded to be the deputy governor to Obaseki, emphasizing that he contributed value to his principal's government in terms of political structure and finances.

During an interview on Arise TV on Wednesday, the Peoples Democratic Party governorship aspirant conveyed his hurt feelings, stating that Obaseki was supporting an outsider instead of him.

However, he refrained from naming the outsider in question.

“Actually, I was persuaded and there was no protest. I actually didn’t want to be a deputy governor. I was very comfortable in the House of Representatives. It took almost one month to get me to accept to be the deputy governor of Edo State.

“I accepted to add value to the ticket of Obaseki because Obaseki was not known and he was not one of the politicians. They needed a young, vibrant politician that has won election before and that can add political value to the ticket,” he said.

Speaking on his perceived betrayal, he said, “I feel betrayed by the governor. I feel very betrayed. When we go to  church, there are certain biblical verses that are becoming to make meaning to me. There is this particular verse that has been going through my mind: ‘The heart of man is desperately wicked.’ When I see what the governor is doing, the verse now makes meaning to me.

“I added value in terms of my political structure, my finances. All the vehicles that were used to campaign in 2016 are mine.

“I lost about 20% of my political capital in Edo North to support Godwin Obaseki, and in supporting him even as deputy governor.

“I supported the second term bid of the governor with my finances. Including how we got the ticket of the PDP, I contributed financially, both in naira and in dollars. If I say betrayal, it’s an understatement. I feel very hurt and betrayed.”

Shaibu is from Edo North Senatorial District, the same district as the ex-governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole.

The deputy governor has been having a running battle with his principal over his political ambitions.

Shaibu had earlier asked an Abuja High Court to stop Obaseki and members of the state House of Assembly from impeaching him at the peak of the dispute.

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