The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, disclosed that his office has not received any allocation for the past six months, citing tensions between him and Governor Godwin Obaseki. Shaibu made this revelation during the unveiling of the correspondent office in Benin on Tuesday, expressing gratitude to journalists for their role in saving his life during his activism days.
Despite the strained relationship with the governor, Shaibu emphasized that he had been managing his office and other activities through goodwill and contributions from friends. Addressing journalists, he declared himself an ambassador of the Correspondents Chapel and praised investigative reporting for saving him during his incarceration under the late military dictator, Gen. Sanni Abacha.
The deputy governor’s commitment to journalists stems from the impactful investigative report that played a crucial role in his survival. He acknowledged the role journalists played in his political journey and vowed to show up whenever invited as a form of appreciation and encouragement.
Shaibu expressed his dedication to ensuring good governance that positively impacts the people of Edo State. He highlighted his determination to prioritize the state’s interests and strengthen institutions for the betterment of society. Shaibu affirmed that his entry into politics was driven by the desire for an egalitarian society and the need to build robust institutions.
His vision for politics revolves around strengthening institutions that can address power imbalances, moderate excesses, and support the weak in society. Despite personal sacrifices, including forgoing personal entitlements, Shaibu asserted his commitment to ensuring that Edo State thrives. He announced plans for a world press conference to provide a detailed stewardship of his role as deputy governor from 2016 to date, aiming to showcase the sacrifices made for the betterment of Edo State.