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Oshiomhole Is Still My Father, I Will Apologise To Him — Shaibu

The deputy governor said he now shares a cordial relationship with Oshiomhole, regretting some words he used against the senator in the 2020 Edo governorship poll.


COMBO: Photo of Edo Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu (L), and Senator Adams Oshiomhole (R)

 

Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, says ex-Governor Adams Oshiomhole is still his father despite all that transpired between them during the 2020 governorship election in the state.

Shaibu, who spoke on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Tuesday, said he would find time to apologise to the ex-governor over certain inappropriate words he used against him in the last governorship election in the state.

Shaibu said his rift with Governor Godwin Obaseki started when he congratulated Oshiomhole on his 2023 senatorial election victory.

 

 

Shaibu is from Edo North Senatorial District, the same district as Oshiomhole, who is the current lawmaker representing the district in the 10th National Assembly, Adams Oshiomhole.

The 53-year-old politician had on Monday officially declared to run for the September 21, 2024 governorship election in the state on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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Both Shaibu and Obaseki were once allies of Oshiomhole but the political association among them tumbled towards the 2020 governorship election when the ex-labour leader was accused of ‘godfatherism’ which he denied.

In the last election, Obaseki and Shaibu trounced Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) despite that the APC candidate was backed by Oshiomhole and other APC heavyweights including ex-governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, and ex-President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

COMBO: Photo of Edo Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu (L) and Governor Godwin Obaseki (R)

 

Speaking on our programme on Tuesday morning, Shaibu said despite not being in the same political party as Oshiomhole, they now share a cordial relationship, saying he regretted some words he used against the senator in the last poll.

“My relationship with Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is cordial. When I mean cordial, he is still my father. Political, we are in different political parties,” the PDP governorship aspirant said.

“I am happy that the governor (Obaseki) has started inviting the former governor (Oshiomhole) and my father to political functions. That is what I have been praying for.

“And now that he has started, I think that the next step is for me to reach him and also first apologise to him (Oshiomhole) for some use of words during the election but in terms of principle of supporting Obaseki, I will still support Obaseki because God told me that is the right thing to do.

“One of the crises that I had was when I went to the Senate to congratulate Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and I was seen in a viral video. That was where my headache started because the governor’s style is that a friend of the governor, you must be friend to him and an enemy to the governor, you must be enemy to him. I understand that principle and I am being careful.

“What I was waiting for was for the governor to make that move because I will not make that move if the governor had not made the move. Now that he has made the move to be inviting Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, I am emboldened to go and see him,” Shaibu said.