The Deputy Governor of the State, Comrade Philip Shaibu, received harsh criticism from PDP leaders in Edo State on Sunday for approaching the court to seek for an impeachment charge.
Sahibu had applied for a restraining order against his principal, Governor Godwin Obaseki, before the Federal High Court in Abuja, claiming that Obaseki was preparing to have him removed from office.
PDP leaders from the Edo Central Senatorial District criticized Shaibu at a meeting on Sunday in Igueben, Igueben Local Government Area, for not looking into the party’s internal dispute resolution methods.
Those who attended the meeting included Edo chairman of the party, Tony Aziegbemi; former Edo Central Senator, Clifford Odia, former Chairman, PDP Board of Trustee (BOT), Chief Tom Ikimi, among others.
In a communique which was issued after the meeting, the PDP leaders said a vote of confidence was passed on Obaseki over the matter.
“During the meeting, a vote of implicit confidence in the Governor of Edo State, His Excellency, Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, was moved by Chief Francis Ulinfun and seconded by Elder Johnny Abhulimen.
“However, the deteriorating relationship between our Governor, His Excellency Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy Rt Hon Philip Shaibu, was noted with utmost dismay,” the communique partly read.
The PDP leaders also observed that the controversy was unnecessary, considering that the central issue bordered on the governorship election in 2024.
“We therefore urge the deputy governor to withdraw his suit forthwith and seek a political solution to the problem with his principal,” they submitted.