The Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, has extended birthday wishes to his deputy, Philip Shaibu, on the anniversary of his 54th birthday.
He expressed profound gratitude for Shaibu’s unwavering support throughout their seven years of shared governance.
Despite rumours of a political feud between the governor and Shaibu, Obaseki took a moment to extol Deputy Governor Shaibu for his persistent commitment and vigour in driving the state’s transformative agenda.
He credited Shaibu as an instrumental force in the state’s developmental journey, stating the Deputy Governor’s key role in the progress Edo has witnessed.
The political landscape in Edo State has been stirred by speculations regarding Obaseki’s preference for lawyer and boardroom guru, Itua Ighodalo, as his successor.
In contrast, Deputy Governor Shaibu has publicly declared his intention to contest the governorship seat, a move that reportedly goes against the governor’s wishes.
Governor Obaseki, in his congratulatory message, acknowledged not only Shaibu’s political contributions but also his exceptional qualities as a family man.
The governor highlighted Shaibu’s role as an admirable husband and father, emphasizing the Deputy Governor’s commitment to both public service and family life.
Governor Obaseki wrote, “I congratulate my brother, the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Hon. Philip Shaibu, on his 54th birthday.
“I thank him immensely for his support in the course of our drive for the development of our state in the last seven years. I also acknowledge the energy and vigour he has brought to bear as this administration embarked on the onerous task of bringing transformational change and development to Edo State.
“Alongside making these contributions to this administration, he has remained an exemplary husband, father, and a great family man. I celebrate him today and wish him many more years in good health and a sound mind.”