Shaibu going…

Edo State Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu is on the verge of being kicked out of office, unless judicial intervention holds back the boot. The Edo House of Assembly, last week, commenced impeachment proceedings against him that are all but certain to carry through, because Shaibu isn’t likely to defend himself against the charges and the lawmakers aren’t exactly keen on fair hearing<<<READ FULL ARTICLE>>

The assembly on Wednesday unveiled the impeachment bid, which it anchored on alleged perjury and disclosure of government’s secrets by the deputy governor. Majority Leader Charity Aiguobarueghian announced the impeachment notice during plenary, saying it was based on a petition dated March 5th, 2024 and signed by 21 out of the 24 members of the House. “The number of members who signed the petition was more than the two-thirds requirement stipulated in the Constitution,” he added. House Speaker Blessing Agbebaku, who acknowledged receipt of the petition, directed the Clerk of the House to serve the impeachment notice on Shaibu and gave the deputy governor seven days to respond.

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Moves by the lawmakers to sack Shaibu are obviously an escalation in his war of attrition with Governor Godwin Obaseki over his (Shaibu’s) insistence on contesting the September 2024 Edo governorship poll on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Obaseki prefers as successor Asue Ighodalo, who emerged party torchbearer at a primary election held on February 22nd at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin. Shaibu boycotted that primary and was declared winner at a parallel poll held at his Benin residence, and where he was sole contestant. He has since insisted he is the rightful party candidate, though the party leadership issued Ighodalo the certificate of return.
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Earlier on in his face-off with Governor Obaseki, Shaibu caged the impeachment moves by securing a preemptive court injunction. He subsequently let go that injunction as part of truce mediation by state elders. Now that lawmakers have beaten him to serving an impeachment notice, it remains to be seen if he could yet find refuge with the judiciary. Following his parallel primary, he had spurned impeachment threat and vowed to stay the course in his governorship pursuit, even if doing so would lead to the state assembly moving against him.

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At last, the deputy governor has come to daggers drawn with the lawmakers. The allegation of leaking government secrets levelled against him is spurious because it is doubtful any secret was shared with him since he got kicked out of the governor’s office complex and relocated to a remote corner of town last year. But he also has made the Edo situation more tense than necessary by nominally staying in government and pissing in. Something needs to give, and it seems it is about to<<<READ FULL ARTICLE>>