In a bold move that has sent shockwaves through the political landscape, Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, has announced his intention to contest for the governorship position, setting the stage for a high-stakes battle within the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Philip Shaibu, who has been at odds with his boss, Governor Godwin Obaseki, made his aspirations known during a press conference in Benin City. The Deputy Governor, recently evicted from the Deputy Governor’s Lodge, highlighted the importance of practical leadership for the state’s progress.
Expressing his concerns, Philip Shaibu emphasized the need for a leader who understands the intricacies of Edo State politics and is acutely aware of the needs of the people. He called into question the experimental nature of Obaseki’s governance, urging the electorate to consider competence and experience as decisive factors in the upcoming 2024 governorship election.
“Edo people need practical governance,” stated Shaibu. “We cannot afford to experiment again with someone unfamiliar with the politics of the state or the needs of the people. Competence and experience should be our watchwords as we approach the 2024 election.”
The Deputy Governor urged a careful assessment of the candidates, asking pertinent questions about their track record and their ability to hit the ground running from day one. Shaibu expressed concerns over the potential risks of electing a newcomer who would need time to learn on the job and possibly divert focus towards personal gains in the second term.
The declaration by Philip Shaibu adds a new dimension to Edo State’s political landscape, setting the stage for an intriguing internal contest within the PDP. As both the incumbent Governor Obaseki and his Deputy express their aspirations, the party will need to navigate the delicate dynamics and make a strategic decision that ensures the party’s unity and the state’s progress.
With the 2024 elections looming, Edo State finds itself at a critical juncture, in need of a leader who can effectively address the pressing issues facing the state and navigate the path towards development. The upcoming political season promises to be a decisive one, as the people of Edo State carefully evaluate their candidates to choose the leader who can bring about tangible, positive change for their beloved state.