Obaseki: Edo PDP Insist Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu Must Resign

Gov. Godwin Obaseki, Edo State

The Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday reported Governor Godwin Obaseki to the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).

It called for the resignation of Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu as part of the power-sharing arrangement.

The State Working Committee (SWC), in a May 10 letter to PDP Chairman Uche Secondus, signed by the chairman Dr Tony Aziegbemi and Secretary Hillary Otsu, accused Obaseki of plotting to dissolve the validly-elected ward, local government and state executives.

The letter was part of resolutions reached by the SWC at an emergency and expanded meeting held at the party’s secretariat in Benin City, the state capital, on Monday.

It was gathered that Obaseki, who defected last June 19 from the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the September 19 governorship election, met at the Government House on May 8 with PDP chieftains, including Chief Tom Ikimi, Dr Raymond Dokpesi and Chief Mike Oghiadomhe.

The governor was said to have discussed the dissolution plan at the meeting.

The SWC stated: “At an emergency meeting, the State Chairman, Dr Tony Aziegbemi, briefed the SWC and LGA party chairmen on Obaseki’s May 8, 2021 meeting at the Government House, Benin, with the agenda to propose dissolution of Edo State executive committees at all levels.

“After more than five hours of deliberations, the following resolutions were adopted: the expanded SWC and local government chairmen of the Edo State PDP reject in its entirety the proposal to dissolve the legitimately-elected executive committee members of the PDP at the ward, local government and state levels.

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