Deputy Governor of Edo State, Comrade Philip Shaibu has submitted an affidavit to the Federal High Court of Nigeria Abuja judicial division, levelling serious accusations against the State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.
In the sworn document, Shaibu alleged that Governor Obaseki had deliberately obstructed him from fulfilling his official duties as the Deputy Governor of Edo State, thereby impeding the smooth functioning of the state’s administration.
He accused Governor Obaseki of using the Police and State Security Service to engage in a campaign of harassment, intimidation, and embarrassment directed at him.
He said that the misconduct by the state’s highest office holder was deeply concerning and raised serious questions about the governance and rule of law in Edo State.
Shaibu also said that the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly and the Chief Judge of Edo State were allegedly acting in concert with Governor Obaseki to orchestrate his impeachment.
He sought the court’s intervention to restrain Governor Obaseki and any other individual allegedly involved from taking any further actions against him.
The request for an immediate intervention underscores the severity of the situation and highlights the potential threat to the Deputy Governor’s position and political career.
The Deputy Governor made it clear that he was providing these statements in good faith and with a firm belief in their truthfulness
By invoking the Oaths Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, Shaibu is seeking to underscore the solemnity and legal significance of his affidavit before the court.
The outcome of this case could have far-reaching consequences for the political climate in Edo State and may set precedents for the handling of similar cases in the future.
The court’s decision will determine the course of action taken against Governor Obaseki and the potential impact on the deputy governor’s position and political standing.