Philip Shaibu to be Obaseki’s running mate, as violently corrupt Edoror to be returned Speaker
The APC may have adopted Hon. Philip Shaibu as running mate to Mr Godwin Obaseki ahead of the September 10, 2016 gubernatorial election.
According to information available to Urhokpota Reporters, Hon Philip Shaibu, a member of the House of Representatives who is from the immediate constituency of the outgoing governor, Adams Oshiomhole, is the presumptive nominee for Deputy Governor.
Phillip Shaibu is under trial for forgery and perjury. He was formerly the Majority Leader in the House of Assembly, Edo State, from where he went to become a member of the National Assembly. Until his emergence as member of the house of assembly of Edo State, Philip Shaibu was formerly a president of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) where he battled with allegations of cultism and violence.
The presumption of Hon Philip Shaibu from Edo north, precisely Etsako, has been creating bad blood among APC stalwarts and supporters in both Edo Central and Edo north.
The Edo central people believe that the principle of equity and fair play indicate that they should have the position of deputy governor after the Edo north has held the position of the the governor for eight years, and previously held the position of deputy governor for eight years. They fear that that their area has been systematically marginalized and politically emasculated by Adams Oshiomhole and the APC for too long.
The tripodal arrangement in Edo State had been such that each of the three senatorial districts was to produce either of the three most powerful positions in the state; Governor, Deputy Governor and Speaker. Edo North produced the Governor, Edo South produced the Deputy Governor and Edo Central was to produce the Speaker. That was the principle that saw the emergence of Hon Victor Edoro as Speaker until the impeachment, which many in the APC believe that the governor was instrumental to despite his drama to the contrary.
This has angered the people of Edo Central and many are set to join forces with the PDP because they feel aggrieved about their perceived marginalisation. The APC is faced with a difficult task of assuaging the feelings of the people ahead of the election, especially now that they have a relatively unpopular candidate and also have decided to choose their deputy from Etsako area to the chagrin of others in Edo Central, Akoko-Edo and Owan areas.
One strategy of the APC is to return the seat of the Speaker of the House of Assembly to Edo Central ahead of the election and after the election, may retrieve it from them. According to an insider within the APC, 30 million naira has been offered to the sitting speaker for her to relinquish her position to the impeached former speaker or another member of the House of Assembly member from Edo Central to assuage the feelings of the Edo Central people ahead of the poll. She is expected to announce her resignation on or before July 15, 2016.
Some APC youths in Ekpoma, Irrua and Uromi who spoke with our field correspondents have vowed to punish the APC with protest votes should the party not field any candidate from Esanland.
“Even if Adams Oshiomhole likes, let him reinstate Edoro as Speaker or even impeach Odubu and appoint an Esan man, we are not as foolish as he thinks we are. We have rejected him, we will reject him and we shall continue to reject the APC in Esanland.” Mr. Odion Ikharedia, a community leader in Irrua said.
Meanwhile, communities in Owan and Akoko-Edo (three of the six local government areas of Edo north) are unhappy with the APC with their plan to foist Philip Shaibu on the people, denying them of a chance to be empowered in the scheme of things in Edo north. Some have vowed to punish the APC with protest votes should the APC decide to select an Edo north Deputy Governor candidate who is from Etsako. Our reporters spoke with one of the ward chairmen of the APC in Akoko-Edo
“Oshiomhole dare not do such a thing. We in Akoko-Edo and Owan are we not Edo north? Is it only Etsako that is in Edo North? We are even larger in landmass and population than Etsako. Oghiadomhe was from Etsako, he was Deputy Governor from 1999 to 2007. Oshiomhole is from Etsako, he was Governor from 2008 to hopefully 2016. Now they want to bring another Etsako man to occupy Edo north slot? Is that fair? That will not happen, I swear. We will resist that plan totally and I can assure you that we will prove to them that we in Akoko-Edo are also human beings. We will support the PDP, if an Etsako person emerges as the deputy governor candidate of our party.” The ward chairman said.
The APC is yet to announce their decision on the Deputy Governor candidate.