Ahead of the Edo State 2024 governorship election, the state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, has officially declare his intention to seek the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the forthcoming primaries of the party.
DIPLOMATIC DIARY reports that Shaibu officially joined the race for the Edo Guber race at an event held at the Bishop Kelly Pastoral Centre in Benin City, the Edo state capital .
In a pre-recorded speech of his declaration, Shaibu, said, “As your deputy governor in the last seven years, I have had the privilege of working closely with our amiable governor, Godwin Obaseki, to lay a solid foundation for the progress in Edo State”.
Following his declaration, Shaibu inaugurated his campaign office in Benin City, the capital of the state. The event witnessed a large gathering of party supporters.
Speaking at his campaign office, he said, “The project for me to be the governor of Edo State is not just mine; it’s a collective one. We have decided in Edo State that original own boy, 100 per cent, has to be the governor of Edo State.
“After all the consultations we have made, we needed to now make the answer to our consultation known to our people. And the answer is clear: they have asked me to run.”
Shaibu finds himself at odds with Obaseki, as the latter is reportedly unwilling to support his deputy’s bid for succession.