Obaseki, Shaibu Feud Causing Disruptions, Hindering The State From Progressing – Akerele

A Development Economist and former Chief of Staff to Governor Godwin Obaseki, Taiwo Akerele has reacted to the political difference between the governor and his deputy, Rt. Hon Philip Shaibu charging them not to make the state ungovernable.

His comments follow the most recent action on Monday morning, as Shaibu was denied access to his office at the government house where the entrance gate was locked.

Shaibu claimed he had not received any formal notification from the governor ordering him to transfer, despite the governor’s advisers’ claims that the deputy governor’s office had been moved to a new site, which Shaibu was aware of and where the civil employees in his office had already moved.

But Akerele urged the two to put aside their personal disputes and concentrate on running the state in the interests of its people in a statement that was made available to journalists on the margins of the UNGA78 (78th UN General Assembly) in New York. A copy of the message was supplied to Vanguard.

Akerele expressed his concern that this diversion might have a negative impact on the state’s security, administration, and development.

He said, “It is disheartening to witness the recurrent personal battles between Governor Obaseki and Deputy Governor Shaibu. “Their ongoing feud is causing severe disruptions, hindering the state from progressing and addressing the significant challenges it faces.”

Speaking further, Akerele said that while the Governor and Deputy Governor continue their public sparring, “the security of lives and property within Edo State remains at risk” and called on the security agencies, under the control of President Tinubu, to ensure the safety and well-being of the people, thereby compensating for the government’s inability to properly address the pressing security concerns.

“I implore President Tinubu and the security agencies to take immediate action and safeguard the lives and property of the people of Edo State.

“They must ensure the security of the state, especially in times of political instability caused by personal disagreements. Edo State deserves a stable and secure environment for its citizens to thrive.”

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