Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo have lambasted the Deputy Governor of the State, Philip Shaibu, for approaching the court over an allegation of impeachment.
Rising from a meeting on Sunday in Igueben, Igueben Local Government Area of the state, the party leaders who are from Edo Central Senatorial District faulted Shaibu for failure to explore internal dispute resolution mechanisms of the party.
The deputy governor had approached the Federal High Court, Abuja seeking restraining order against his principal, Gov. Godwin Obaseki, whom he alleged was planning his impeachment.
The meeting had in attendance the state chairman of the party, Tony Aziegbemi, the former Chairman, PDP Board of Trustee (BOT), Tom Ikimi, former Edo Central Senator, Clifford Odia, two former House of Representatives’ members, Sergius Ogun and Joe Edionwele, among others.
In a communique issued after the meeting and which was signed by the attendees, they said a vote of confidence was passed on the governor over the matter.
Part of the communique treads: “However, the deteriorating relationship between our Governor, His Excellency Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy Rt Hon Philip Shaibu, was noted with utmost dismay.
“In any case, the governor has confirmed that he has made no move to impeach his deputy and we believe him.
“We therefore urge the deputy governor to withdraw his suit forthwith and seek a political solution to the problem with his principal,” the PDP leaders submitted.
The leaders observed that the controversy was unnecessary, considering that the central issue bordered on the governorship succession in 2024.
They expressed confidence in the ability of the leadership of the party in the state to resolve whatever may be the issues between the two party leaders in government.