The Edo State deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, has withdrawn a suit he filed against Governor Godwin Obaseki, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), State Security Service (SSS), Chief Judge of the state and the speaker of the House of Assembly, seeking for protection against his alleged planned impeachment.
Shaibu in a statement in Benin yesterday said the withdrawal was as a result of the intervention by well-meaning individuals in the state.
He said, “Arising from the series of meetings held with me and also with Mr. Governor by well-meaning Edolites, Nigerians and party leaders, traditional rulers and my Archbishop, Most Rev. Dr Augustine Akubeze, the Archbishop of Benin Archdiocese on the issues that led to my going to court, I have instructed my solicitors to withdraw the suit forthwith.
“I, Comrade Philip Shaibu have authorised and instructed my solicitors to withdraw the suit forthwith.”
He commended well-meaning Nigerians, party leaders, traditional rulers and the Archbishop for their kind words, advice and encouragement in ensuring peace and unity in the state.
Shaibu, however, appreciated Governor Obaseki whom he described as his boss, mentor and brother “for this path of peace.”
Recall that Obaseki and his deputy have been at loggerheads over who succeeds the former in the 2024 governorship election in the state.
The fight culminated in stripping Shaibu of the supervision role of the revenue generation agencies, local government and sports.