The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, has said he is yet to move to the new office allocated to him by his principal, Governor Godwin Obaseki, due to the absence of official communication to the effect.
Premium Politics had reported that the deputy governor was denied access to his old office at the Government House on Monday morning, weeks after his office was relocated to a new building.
Shaibu’s new office, which is the Edo State Public Procurement Agency, is located at No. 7, Dennis Osadebey Avenue, GRA, Benin, close to the Government House.
Speaking with The Nation, an aide to the deputy governor who craved anonymity, said all his principal is asking for is an official communication to move to his new office.
He said, “All these are wicked spins from Edo state governor’s media team. All that the Edo deputy governor is asking for is an official communication to move. The movement is not a verbal thing, because the office is a creation of the law.
“Governor Obaseki has insisted that he does not want Edo Deputy Governor around him anymore, but he should do the right thing. We are still expecting his (Obaseki’s) letter.
“The new office is located at No. 7, Dennis Osadebey Avenue, GRA, Benin, with a green and white signboard, having a Coat of Arms, in front of the just-renovated building, with this bold inscription on the signboard: “Office of the Deputy Governor, No. 7, Dennis Osadebey Avenue, GRA, Benin City,” at a location not far from the Government House.
“Also, at the entrance of the one-story building, is an unveiled inauguration plaque, with this inscription: “Edo State Public Procurement Agency – This building was commissioned by His Excellency, The Comrade Governor, Adams Aliu Oshiomhole, MNI, OON, Edo State Governor, on Tuesday, 16th December 2014.”
This recent development is one amongst other political tussles between Shaibu and Obaseki. The exact reason for the perceived conflict is yet unclear.