The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, who has been embroiled in political disagreements with his principal, Governor Godwin Obaseki, has publicly expressed his plea for forgiveness. Speaking to reporters in Benin City, Shaibu earnestly requested Governor Obaseki’s forgiveness and reconciliation.
Using the occasion to convey his message, Shaibu said, “I take this opportunity to appeal to Mr. Governor. If there are any actions of mine that I’m unaware of and have caused offense, please accept my apology so that we can continue developing our state together.”
Highlighting their shared achievements, he added, “We have just one year left, and we’ve been a source of inspiration for the entire nation. So, Mr. Governor, if there are any grievances, I apologize. I’m eager to collaborate and finish our term on a positive note.”
When asked about his return to his office, Shaibu confirmed, “We have resumed our duties, but there’s still much work to be done. There are no issues. The governor has directed us to go back. As always, I remain a loyal servant, and my commitment to supporting my governor remains steadfast.”
Shaibu also expressed his hope for reconciliation, stating, “I took a solemn vow to stand by my governor, and that vow remains unshaken. I hope that our past relationship can be restored in the coming days and weeks. I mean well, and any mistakes I’ve made have not been out of malice, as I know my heart is pure.”
Recent tensions between Obaseki and Shaibu have revolved around alleged plots to impeach the deputy governor. Last month, Governor Obaseki accused Shaibu of plotting against him, a charge Shaibu denied. In early September, Shaibu was denied access to a state event attended by the governor and other leaders, followed by the relocation of his office outside the Edo State Government House.