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Edo Politics: Shuaibu Ends Rift With Obaseki, Withdraws Suit Against Governor



Philip Shuaibu, the deputy governor of Edo State, dropped his case against Governor Godwin Obaseki on Tuesday.

The development signals the end of the rift between Shuaibu and his boss over his plans to contest the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

News About Nigeria recalls that Shuaibu named the Inspector General of Police, the State Security Service, the Governor of Edo, the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, and the Chief Judge of Edo State as the first through fifth defendants, respectively, in the lawsuit filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja with the file number FHC/ABJ/CS/1027/2023.

Mr Shuaibu prayed the court to refrain the governor of Edo, the speaker of the state assembly, and the chief judge from starting impeachment procedures or approving any impeachment plans to remove him as the state’s deputy governor.

Shuaibu however announced that he told his solicitors to drop the case in a statement.

“Arising from the series of meetings held with me and also with Mr. Governor by well-meaning Edolites and indeed Nigerians including party leaders, traditional rulers, and my archbishop, His Grace Most Rev’d Dr. Augustine Akubeze, the Archbishop of Benin Archdiocese on the issues that led to my going to court on the above-named suit,” Mr Shuaibu said.

The deputy governor said that the intervention of “well-meaning citizens of Edo state” led him to make this decision.

Recall that Gover Obaseki had taken a series of measures against his deputy one of which was relocating his office from the government house.