Philip Shaibu can still become gov despite impeachment – PDP Chairman

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The Lagos State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Philip Aivoji, has said the impeached ex-deputy governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu can still become governor.

Aivoji urged Shaibu to be patient with the PDP despite his impeachment.

He made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos.

The Edo House of Assembly on Monday impeached Shaibu following the adoption of the recommendation of a seven-man judicial panel led by retired Justice Stephen Omonua.

The relationship between Shaibu and Governor Godwin Obaseki, went sour when the former indicated interest to succeed him as governor. The development led to a parallel party governorship primary in February.

Consequent upon Shaibu’s removal, Obaseki immediately appointed and swore in 38-year-old Omobayo Godwin as his new deputy.

Reacting, Aivoji said that Shaibu should remain in the party in spite the development, and never to consider leaving the party at all.

He said: “What we are concerned about is winning Edo back for PDP. The impeached deputy governor needs to be patient and hand over everything to God.

“Whatever happens, no one ever can tell, he (Shaibu) can still become the governor in a future. He should not leave the party.

“That is my advice because it is the party that brought him up. When he became the deputy governor, there were millions of people who could have become the deputy governor before the party picked him.

“Since this has happened, he should look for a way of mending fences to actualise his dream of becoming the governor. He can still become the governor.”

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