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Shaibu was fired from Edo Government House due to a disagreement with Obaseki.



Shaibu’s office has been moved outside of the Edo Government House.

The schism between Governor Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy, Philip Shaibu, appears to have become worse, as the newest news from the South-South state indicates that the latter would be relocated to a building outside the Government House.

It is no longer news that Obaseki and Shaibu are at odds over the latter’s desire to run for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket in the Edo governorship race in 2024.

However, what looked to be a simmering conflict has suddenly erupted, with the Governor blocking every attempt by his Deputy to attract his attention.

It’s worth remembering that Obaseki’s security men barred Shaibu from meeting the Governor at a recent church gathering. A few days later, the Deputy stormed out of an event given by the Edo state government after being denied entry with his advisers.

Meanwhile, the newest development in the developing saga is that Shaibu has been evicted from the Edo Government House, with his new office located at 7 Dennis Osadebey Avenue, adjacent to the Government House.

The structure had formerly operated as the Edo State Public Procurement Office, which was opened by former governor Adams Oshiomhole on December 16, 2014, with the inauguration date still inscribed on the entry plaque.

At the entrance, a signboard with the words, ‘Office of the Deputy Governor,’ is built. Workers were observed remodelling the building and the compound as of Friday, September 1, 2023, while construction on the security post had yet to begin.

According to ThePunch, one of the workers in charge of the refurbishment, who did not disclose his identity, the job was anticipated to be completed on Monday.

“I work for the company in charge of the building’s renovation.” Our responsibility is to complete the project by Monday as agreed. “I’m not sure how the signboard got to the building’s entrance, and I’m not sure what the building will be used for,” the worker was reported as adding.

Chris Nehikhare, the Edo State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, commented on the situation, saying, “If there is a government signboard saying so, then it must be so.”

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