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The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Mr. Philip Shaibu, yesterday enumerated reasons why he supported governor Godwin Obaseki against the immediate past Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole during the September 19,2020 governorship election in the state.
Shaibu opened up yesterday in Benin at a reception organized by the out-gone local government chairmen in the state shortly after their thanksgiving service at St. Paul Catholic Church.
According to him, they started the revolution of not placing Edo in the hands of Individuals that will mortgage their collective heritage and wealth and be flying jets all over under Oshiomhole’s administration as governor of the state.
He said, ‘We said there must be a change and that godfathers must be brought to their knees and people must decide who lead them while leaders must be accountable to the people and not few godfathers.
‘But, along the line people that don’t believe in it fall by the road just like the way Oshiomhole fell by the roadside because he didn’t actually believe that we should make poverty history in Edo.
‘Even the commissioners, SSAS, and some local government chairmen that resigned from our cabinet didn’t believe in the course because if they do the fight then was needles,’.
He said the collective thing that binds them together in the struggle was the journey of making poverty history in Edo which started with Oshiomhole According to him, the fight was between those who believe in making poverty history in Edo and those who didn’t believe in it.
He said; ‘for me, people said I am loyal to Obaseki, but I am loyal to a course I believe in,
‘I was brutalised, Injured, and had my kneel and everything replaced under Oshiomhole’s administration, all this was that some godfathers wanted to derail our making poverty history in Edo, so we fought on the side of the people and the beneficiary of that struggle was Oshiomhole,’.
He said, ‘the second fight now, he (Oshiomhole) became the new godfather trying to derail making poverty history which he fought for, but I fought on the side of governor Obaseki in making poverty history in Edo,’
Shaibu said whoever stands in the way of making poverty history in the state will always have all of them to fight, adding ‘I will be in the forefront of that fight,’.
He commended the out-gone chairmen for not betraying the people and the course they believe in to join the godfathers even after they were offered jeeps and millions of Naira.
Finally, he urged the people to believe in the administration of governor Obasaseki, saying replaced politics thuggery with a new political system when individuals meet, plan strategize and make it plain for the benefit of the people
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK