The Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy Philip Shaibu have been urged by the Peoples Democratic Party to put down their weapons and give peace a chance.
The call was made by the PDP National Vice Chairman (South) and former chairman of the party in Edo State, Chief Dan Orbih, who intervened in a statement issued in Abuja entitled, ‘Do not de-market PDP in Edo State.’
The party lamented that official state government letters, which ought to be private, increasingly dominated social media.
Orbih’s statement follows the face-off between Obaseki and Shuaibu which appeared to have defied settlement.
Recall that Shaibu was denied access to his office on Monday, he claimed that there was no official notice of relocation of his office.
However, an official letter of his relocation surfaced on social media which was dated September 15, 2023, and received by a Permanent Secretary in the office of the deputy governor, and acknowledged on Monday, September 18, 2023.
It would also be recalled that Shaibu had filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Abuja to halt a planned impeachment by the Governor, although the case was later withdrawn following the intervention of stakeholders.
Orbih urged Obaseki and his deputy to put the past behind them and let peace rule for the benefit of the upcoming governorship
He said, “I have observed with trepidation, the frosty relations between the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu and I am constrained to call on both parties to exercise restraint in what to say or do in the course of this ongoing needless and endless crisis.
“To my surprise, official letters, which should be confidential, are now dominating the social media space. I urge both parties to stop further hostilities and resolve their differences quietly in the interest of good governance and progress of the state. Anything less may affect the image and fortunes of the Party in the coming Guber election.
“Yes, we have had issues in the past between party and government, but we haven’t allowed them to be subject to newspaper editorials.
“The PDP is a strong brand in Edo State – a brand that has been nurtured over the years by the commitment of leaders and dedicated members of the party. This brand is now under serious threat by the current raging battle between the Governor and Deputy-Governor.
“I therefore seize this opportunity to call on both parties to ‘cease fire’ and resolve their differences amicably. God bless PDP. God bless Edo State.”