A Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Edo state, has described as untrue, the claim that the Deputy Governor of the state, Philip Shaibu, has concluded the plan to dump the party.
Reports revealed that the top member of the party, who preferred not to be mentioned, said Shaibu has no plan to dump the party for the All Progressives Congress, for any reason.
According to reports, the PDP chieftain while downloading this during an interview with Vanguard on Friday, denied that the ruling party’s National Working Committee is set to receive him in Abuja.
The source also reportedly confirmed that Shaibu had always appreciated Obaseki and helped in performing any assigned tasks, noting that the deputy governor did not refuse to join the governor in the selection of commissioners in Etsako.
“The appointment of political office holders is the prerogative of the governor. Therefore, if a governor decides to allow his deputy to nominate candidates to fill any position, it is a privilege.
“But political jobbers, who also include hack writers, have generated more lies from the pit of hell, saying that Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu has perfected plans to rejoin the All-Progressives Congress, APC next week. There is no iota of truth in this.
“To further put a lie to this, the spin doctors claimed that the APC National Working Committee, NWC, is set to receive him in Abuja. The question here for the discerning minds is that, is it the NWC of a party that receives a decamped into the party? Shaibu has never minced words, vowing to sink and swim with his principal, Governor Godwin Obaseki. This, he has said severally at public fora.
“These evil men acting as agents of evil have come up with unbelievable accusations like coming late to State Executive meetings, attempting to slap the Secretary to the State Government, being the brain behind feuds between: Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the governor, as well as with the former Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike and Obaseki, Dan Orbih and Obaseki and many others that their wild and dangerous imaginations can come up with.
“Given this, I plead with these characters bent on driving a wedge between Comrade Philip Shaibu and his boss, Governor Godwin Obaseki, to put the Edo project and the people far above their selfish interests,” the PDP chieftain said.