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Edo 2024: After losing in PDP, Shaibu SUPPORTS APC’s candidate


After losing in his party, PDP, a former deputy governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, is now supporting the candidate of another party, APC

Shaibu on Sunday, said he would be supporting the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Monday Okpebholo for the September 21 governorship election.

Shaibu was impeached by the state House of Assembly on April 8 after a protracted battle with Governor Godwin Obaseki over his succession bid.

He described Okpebholo as an ‘homeboy’ and says he has all his support.

After losing in PDP, Shaibu SUPPORTS APC's Governorship candidate

He declared this while speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the Fathers’ Day celebration at the St Paul Catholic Church in Benin City.

He said, “I am a very good learner and learning is what is most important in our lives and we must continue to learn till we die. Governor Obaseki says he has the right to support whoever he wants to support but he also forgot that he doesn’t have the right to stop anybody from supporting whoever they wants to support. So, it is my right to also decide who I want to support.

“I will support a homeboy. I came into the contest to be governor of Edo State because I needed governance to return to a homeboy, somebody who understands our plight and somebody who understands what the people are feeling.

“We don’t want an outsider. We have experimented with an outsider and it is not working, so this time, we want a homeboy. We have only two home boys in the major political parties; one is in the Labour Party and one is in the All Progressives Congress.

“I chose to follow the homeboy in the APC. The man they are parading in the PDP is an outsider and we have also agreed that no more godfatherism in Edo. The man the PDP is parading is the godson of Obaseki and there is no way a godson can be governor of Edo State again.”

On whether he would not be accused of anti-party activity since he is still a member of the PDP, Shiabu said, “No, it is not anti-party because I know that in the last election, the governor was one leg in the Labour Party and one leg in the PDP, so it can’t be anti-party now.”

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