The feud between Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and his deputy, Phillip Shaibu, took another dimension on Monday, with the governor allegedly locking him out of his office.
In a video seen by our correspondent, Shaiubu was heard making a phose conversation apparently with the state Commissioner of Police lamenting that he has been locked out of his office by the Governor.
“As I am speaking to you now, I am standing by the gate,” he was heard saying in the video.
See the video:
The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, has been denied access to his old office at the Government House in Benin, the state capital.
“As I am speaking to you now, I am standing by the gate,” he said. pic.twitter.com/uQZH936oV5
— Channels Television (@channelstv) September 18, 2023
A source had explained 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.
“Shaibu and his aides waited for about an hour and left. He was said to have made frantic calls trying to reach the Governor but to no avail,” the source added.
Checks revealed that Shaibu had some discussions with the state Commissioner of Police and the State Director of the Department of State Services, DSS, alerting them to his plight.
He was said to have summoned the Government House Camp Commandant, Ibrahim Babatunde, and asked him why he was locked out of his office.
Babatunde reportedly claimed it was a directive from above, adding that the Chief Security Officer, CSO, of the Government House, Williams Wabba, would be in a better position to explain.
When Shaibu called Wabba, he promised to come but never showed up until the deputy governor left.