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Edo APC chairman visits Shaibu, calls impeachment ‘an aberration’



Deputy Governor of Edo State Philip Shaibu

Jarret Tenebe, the acting chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State, has expressed support for Philip Shaibu, the state’s impeached deputy governor. 

Tenebe is believed to have paid a solidarity visit to Shaibu at his Abuja home on Wednesday.

Shaibu, a member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, was impeached on Monday by the House of Assembly, and Governor Godwin Obaseki quickly replaced him with Marvellous Omobayo.

Tenebe, in a video that has since gone viral, described Shaibu’s impeachment as a sham and urged the former deputy governor to use all legal means to upturn the action, assuring him that he would not be abandoned.

He said, “I am here to pay you this solidarity visit because I still regard you as the deputy governor of Edo State. That sham they did in the state House of Assembly is a disgrace to the governor, and it is an aberration to our democracy, which I know that the court will not allow to stand.

“You are somebody who stood out. The price you paid is the price of loyalty. You were loyal, even to the detriment of the people you started with. You paid that price.

“We just celebrated Easter, and we know the price Jesus Christ paid. He died for our sins. What has happened is a replica of what Jesus Christ did for humanity. Today, they removed you as the deputy governor, but we still regard you as the deputy governor.

“You have paid the price to ensure that Obaseki and his likes are rooted out of the state. I can tell you that we will not allow you to walk alone. We are with you.

“You are a strong man, and I am here as the chairman of the APC in Edo State to implore you to continue to pursue this matter in court. We will be with you all through, and God is your strength.

“When one door is closed, many more are opened, and many are opened for you today. That is what the detractors don’t know. Be strong, and we will march on together.”

Shaibu stated that his removal from the Edo State House of Assembly would not stand the test of time.

He claimed he was fired because of the September 21 governorship election in the state.

Tenebe’s visit to Shaibu came just 24 hours after some APC supporters in the Etsako West local government area criticized Shaibu’s planned return to the APC.

Shaibu said, “My removal by the Edo State House of Assembly will not stand the test of time. I was impeached because of the September 21 governorship election in the state.

“Chairman, we have shared a lot of things, both good and bad, together. I am deeply humbled and happy that even this situation has brought us together as one. You are one person that I have always admired, someone that I grew up with.

“The person who separated us has also united us, and that is the beauty of what has happened. I want to assure you that as we move on, just like you said, this whole thing happened between Lent and Ramadan. The lessons are obvious. I am not ready to change my attitude; I am ready to be a loyal friend and partner.

“What has happened will not change my quest to be loyal to anybody that I will work with, and I will encourage anybody to be loyal to their boss.

“I was a loyal person, and I am still loyal. The price of loyalty is the success and impeachment that have happened. God wants to open a new chapter.

“My chairman, I call you my chairman because you are already my chairman, and I think you are also one of the reasons why they hurriedly did what they did because they know what it takes for you and me to be together. They thought they could use impeachment to get me to succumb, but you know that I won’t succumb.

“I am strong-willed, and when I mean something, I mean it. When I look at the whole thing, I am paying the price for my strong will. I also believe that it is only the man that God impeaches that is impeached, and by the grace of God, I know the judiciary will do the needful.

“I want to assure you of my cooperation, and my loyalty will remain my weapon, and I will be there at all times. I think our next target is September 21, and by the grace of God, we will get there.”