Edo Assembly Sets Committee Over Shaibu’s Case

The Edo State House of Assembly has instructed Justice Daniel Okungbowa, the state chief judge, to form a seven-member panel to look into the accusations made against Ry Philip Shaibu, the state deputy governor.

The deputy governor is being accused by the state assembly of misbehaving and exposing government material to the public. The Speaker, RT Hon. Blessing Agbebaku, led the brief meeting.

Remember that Shaibu was the target of an impeachment attempt earlier this month by the Edo State House of Assembly, which accused him of violating the constitution.

During the plenary session, Speaker Hon. Blessing Agbebaku said that Shaibu had received an impeachment notice from the state House of Assembly. However, Shaibu refuted this report.

The Speaker claimed that while the House was unable to physically serve Shaibu, an advertisement in the newspaper served as a replacement.

In the meantime, Shaibu denied ever receiving a letter and declined to pick it up in a letter marked “RE: Service of Impeachment Notice” that was sent to the Speaker on March 12, 2024. The letter was signed by Charles Olubayo, the Deputy Governor’s assistant.

He stated that since Shaibu has been out of the state since March 3, the claims made during plenary could not have been fulfilled.

However, his supporters think that he is being targeted because he wants to replace Gov. Godwin Obaseki, his employer, as the next leader of the party.

On February 22, 2024, a parallel primary election produced Shaibu as the winner of the state primary governorship race.

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