In a potential escalation of tensions, the deputy governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, may be relocated to a separate building outside the Government House, intensifying the already strained relationship with the state governor, Godwin Obaseki.
Findings on Saturday revealed that the new office is situated at No. 7, Dennis Osadebey Avenue, close to the Government House.
The dispute between the state’s first two citizens garnered attention when Shaibu filed a request to halt his impeachment at the Federal High Court in Abuja. Blessing Agbebaku, the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, and the governor, however, refuted the action.
The building used to be the office of the Edo State Public Procurement Office commissioned by a former governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole, on December 16, 2014.
A sign board with the inscription ‘Office of the Deputy Governor’ was placed at the entrance. Workers were seen renovating the building and the compound, while renovation was yet to commence at the security post.
Speaking about the development, the Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Nehikhare said, “If there is a government sign board saying so, then it must be so.”
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