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Edo Central PDP tells Philip Shaibu to withdraw anti-impeachment’s suit

Leaders of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo Central senatorial district have called on the deputy governor of the state, Philip Shaibu, to withdraw the suit instituted at Abuja court over purported moves to impeach him.

Abujapress reports that Shaibu had approached a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to seek a restraining order against Governor Godwin Obaseki, Edo State House of Assembly and the Chief Judge of the State on the alleged plot to impeach him.

But speaking at an extraordinary meeting of leaders PDP in Edo Central on Sunday in Igueben, the party chieftains called on Shaibu to explore amicable resolution of the issue.

The PDP leaders, however, said it is the turn Esan to produce the next governor of the state.

“The meeting noted with satisfaction, the speedy and effective progress being made on the peace and reconciliation efforts to unite the contending forces within the Party, particularly in Esanland.

However, the deteriorating relationship between our Governor, His Excellency @GovernorObaseki and his Deputy Rt Hon Philip Shaibu, was noted with utmost dismay.

It is the collective view of the entire leadership of PDP in Edo Central that the controversy was unnecessary and avoidable, considering that the central issue of contention is to do with issue of Governorship succession at the end of the current tenure.

The reason for this is our strong belief that the strongest consideration for making the choice is Equity in addition to other factors related to competence and individual acceptability. From our interactions with our brothers from Edo South and Edo North, there is already a consensus that the next Governor will emanate from Edo Central Senatorial District principally because it is on record that Edo Central has not legally produced a Governor for our dear State since the inception of this democratic dispensation in 1999.

Besides, we believe that the process of making such a choice can be achieved by the leadership of the Party in a cordial and reasonable atmosphere rather than resort to intimidation and blackmail. Moreover, we condemn in very strong terms, the act of resorting to Court without exhausting the options provided in our Party Constitution for dispute settlement. In any case, the Governor has confirmed that he made no move to impeach his Deputy and we believe him.

We therefore urge the Deputy Governor to withdraw his suit forthwith and seek a political solution to the problem with his Principal. We are confident that the leadership of the Party in the State have the capacity to resolve whatever may be the issues between our leaders in Government.

Finally, his Excellency Governor Godwin Obaseki has expressed his firm resolve and determination to finish well and strong; we hereby identify with him in that resolution because we believe that nothing short of that will augur well for us, the Party and our dear State. We therefore urge all men and women of goodwill to join hands with his Excellency to ensure success to make Edo great again.

At the end of the Extraordinary meeting of leaders of PDP in Edo Central Senatorial District, a Vote of implicit Confidence in the Governor of Edo State, His Excellency Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki was moved by Chief Francis Ulinfun and seconded by Elder Johnny Abhulimen.

The motion was unanimously passed by all the leaders in attendance on behalf of the Party in Esanland,” a statement issued after the meeting said.

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