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Drama as Gov Obaseki locks out deputy, Shaibu, from Government House



The crisis between Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and his estranged deputy, Philip Shaibu has assumed a new dimension as the deputy governor was on Monday barred from entering the Government House.

Shaibu, was said to have gotten the shock of his life  when he got to his office Monday and found that the gate to the office of the deputy governor and the main entrance leading to the storey building was locked with chains and heavy padlocks.

He was said to have waited outside the gate for about an hour before leaving the scene despite making frantic efforts to reach the governor to no avail.

An aide to Shaibu, who shared the pictures to the public under anonymity, revealed that the deputy governor had some discussions with the Commissioner of Police and the Director, Department of State Services {DSS}, alerting them of how he was locked out from his office.

He also said that there was no official communication to the effect that the deputy governor’s office had been locked.

Shaibu was said to have summoned the Camp Commandant at the Government House, SP Ibrahim Babatunde, querying why he was locked out of his office.

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Babatunde was said to have informed Shaibu that  “it was a directive from above adding that the CSO in government house, Wabba will be in a better position to explain.”

Shaibu was said to have put calls to Wabba Williams who promised to come to the scene, but never came all through the period Shaibu waited.

Ripples Nigeria reports that there had been no love lost before Obaseki and Shaibu, with rumours of an impending impeachment proceeding against the deputy governor by the Edo State House of Assembly. This prompted Shaibu to approach a Federal High Court in Abuja for an injunction restraining Governor Obaseki, among others from moving against him.

Though Shaibu eventually withdrew the case from court after both Obaseki and the House of Assembly denied any intention to impeach him, he was recently allocated another building along Osadebe Way, GRA, Benin as his office, far outside the Government House where the deputy governor’s office is situated.

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