I’m Sure Obaseki Will Support Me, Says Shaibu

Noting that he is in the best position to succeed his principal.
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State with his Deputy, Mr Philip Shaibu
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State with his Deputy, Mr Philip ShaibuGoogle

The Deputy Governor of Edo State and governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2024 governorship election in the state, Comrade Philip Shaibu, has expressed confidence that the state governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, will support him in his ambition of becoming the governor.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had fixed September 21, 2024, as the election date.

Shaibu had in November 2023 said nobody can stop him from getting the governorship ticket of the party.

The deputy governor said having been in politics for 30 years and working with Obaseki in the last seven years to improve the state, he was in the best position to succeed his principal.

He said, “I can assure you that I will secure the ticket and my name and the party will be on the ballot. Nothing will happen because my name will be there.

“My name will be sent to INEC and I will be the candidate for the party in the election because I don’t do things without checking. I have gone round and consulted and I have been assured.”

It was gathered that Shaibu declared his interest in contesting the 2024 governorship election in November

While speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Thursday, Shaibu expressed confidence in getting Obaseki’s support.

“I can bet you that Mr Godwin Obaseki, the governor of Edo State, my boss and senior brother will support me.

“He has said it at the secretariat where we had our stakeholders meeting that whoever wins, he will support and whoever that will win is nobody but Philip Shaibu,” he asserted.

When asked if Asue Ighodalo, another aspirant for the governorship ticket got Shaibu’s support, Shaibu simply responded, “He (Obaseki) has denied supporting Asue even when we know he is supporting him. But that is not an issue for me. I am a homeboy and I understand the politics of Edo state.

“As somebody who is experienced, I have an edge over him. He is coming with private sector experience. I am coming with both private sector and public sector experience,” he added.

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