Amidst the ongoing political rift between Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu and Governor Godwin Obaseki in Edo State, sources indicate that Shaibu is set to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the coming week, unless unforeseen developments intervene. A well-placed member of the APC’s National Working Committee (NWC) revealed this on the condition of anonymity.
However, this reported move has been met with opposition from former APC national chairman Senator Adams Oshiomhole, who recently stated that the party should not be seen as a “rehabilitation centre” for embattled politicians. Shaibu’s possible defection appears to have caused a stir, given the history of tensions between him, Obaseki, and Oshiomhole.
The deputy governor’s return to the APC comes as he sought legal protection against an alleged impeachment plot, raising questions about his political future. The feud between Obaseki and Shaibu led to their defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2018, securing re-election.
In a surprising turn of events, Shaibu distanced himself from the reported defection plan, describing it as “another lie from the pit of hell.” He affirmed his commitment to stand by Governor Obaseki, further complicating the situation.
Meanwhile, the Federal High Court in Abuja reiterated its order halting the alleged impeachment plot against Shaibu, with a hearing scheduled for August 22. The court’s ruling maintained the status quo ante bellum, reinforcing the suspension of any actions against the deputy governor.
The Edo State political landscape continues to be marked by uncertainty, with Shaibu’s potential defection to the APC adding a new layer of complexity to the already tense relationship between key players. As the situation unfolds, observers keenly await the next developments in this ongoing political drama.