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Edo deputy gov denied access to govt house office


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The running battle between governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Mr Philip Shaibu, has taken a very disturbing dimension, as the latter, has been denied access to his office at the government House in Benin, the state capital.

Mr Shaibu reportedly arrived at the government House on Monday morning but met the gate leading to his office locked.

The embattled deputy governor said he is yet to receive a formal letter from the governor’s office and that is the proper means to transmit a directive concerning the relocation to a new office.

“Up till now, I don’t have any official communication that I should relocate. The only people that have official communication are my civil servants. The civil servants have official communication but I don’t. As I am speaking to you now, I am standing by the gate,” he said while on a phone call to a yet-to-be-identified person.

Meanwhile, last week, a letter which purportedly emanated from the office of the Head of Service, Anthony Okungbowa, was said to have been sent to the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor directing Shuaibu to relocate to a new office situated at No 7, Dennis Osadebey Avenue, GRA, Benin City.

However, sources close Shaibu according to Channels, claimed that the new office is abandoned and in dire need of rehabilitation.

The development is the latest in the face-off between governor Obaseki and his deputy. While there have been speculations about plans to impeach Shaibu, the Edo Assembly has denied such.


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