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Omobayo Godwins sworn in as Edo deputy gov


Omobayo Godwins has been sworn in as Edo State’s deputy governor following the impeachment of Philip Shaibu.

Shaibu was probed by a commission led by Justice S.A Omonuwa (retd.), which completed its work on Friday and submitted its findings to the State Assembly.

The assembly evaluated the findings on Monday and moved ahead to impeach Shaibu, who shunned the panel, claiming that the case was in an Abuja court.

The governor quickly nominated Godwins whose nomination was approved by the State Assembly leading to his swearing-in by Justice Daniel Iyobosa Okungbowa, the Chief Judge of Edo State.

The new deputy governor had contested under the umbrella of the Labour Party for the Federal House of Representatives seat for Akoko-Edo Federal Constituency during the 2023 elections.

However, the National and State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal in Benin affirmed the election of Peter Akpatason of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the constituency.

Godwins, who had challenged Akpatason’s victory through a petition, saw his petition dismissed by a three-man panel based on incompetence and lack of merit.

The tribunal held that the petitioner failed woefully to prove that the third respondent, namely the Independent National Electoral Commission, unlawfully declared Akpatason the winner of the election.

Speaking during the swearing-in, Obaseki said the state house assembly played its constitutional role by carrying out checks and balances.

He hailed the choice of Godwins as his deputy.


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