Edo State Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu Impeached Over Alleged Disloyalty

Edo Deputy Governor Impeached: Power Struggle and Political Instability in Edo State. Shaibu vows to challenge the "illegal and unjust" impeachment in court, raising concerns about democratic processes in Nigeria.

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Edo State Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu Impeached Over Alleged Disloyalty

Edo State Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu Impeached Over Alleged Disloyalty

The Edo State House of Assembly has impeached Philip Shaibu, the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Nigeria. Shaibu's removal from office followed the adoption of a report by a seven-member investigative panel set up by the Assembly to probe allegations of misconduct against him. The impeachment was carried out by 18 members of the state legislature.

Shaibu's impeachment marks the 19th instance of a deputy governor being removed from office through impeachment since May 29, 1999. The primary reason cited for his removal was alleged disloyalty to Governor Godwin Obaseki, his former political ally. Shaibu has vowed to challenge the impeachment in court, describing it as a "dangerous descent to dictatorship and threat to democracy."

Why this matters: The impeachment of Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu highlights the ongoing power struggles and political instability in Edo State. It also raises concerns about the use of impeachment as a tool to settle political scores and the potential impact on democratic processes in Nigeria.

Shaibu claims the impeachment was motivated by his ambition to contest the 2024 Edo State governorship election under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He has denounced the impeachment as illegal and unjust, vowing to "fight it with every ounce of strength for the sake of the people of Edo State." Engr. Marvellous Godwins Omobayo has been sworn in as the new deputy governor.

In the aftermath of the impeachment, the Edo State Network and Public Works Volunteers reportedly carried out the demolition of Shaibu's security post. They stated that as he is no longer a public official, he is ineligible for such security measures. However, Shaibu's aide contested this narrative, asserting that the security post was not government-funded but built by Shaibu himself, and condemned the action as vindictive by the state government.

The acting state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Emperor Jaret Tenebe, visited Shaibu in a show of solidarity, describing the impeachment as a "sham" and urging Shaibu to use all legal means to overturn the action. Shaibu assured Tenebe of his continued loyalty and cooperation, stating that he sees the impeachment as an opportunity to open a new chapter. Tenebe vowed that the party will ensure that Obaseki and his "semblance" are rooted out of Edo State.

Key Takeaways

  • Edo State Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu impeached by 18 state legislators.
  • Shaibu claims impeachment was due to his 2024 gubernatorial ambition under PDP.
  • Shaibu vows to challenge impeachment in court, calling it a "threat to democracy".
  • Edo govt. removes Shaibu's security post, claiming he's no longer a public official.
  • APC official calls impeachment a "sham", vows to "root out" Obaseki and allies.