By announcing his intention to run for governor, Philip Shaibu, the deputy governor of Edo State, has publicly challenged his boss, Governor Godwin Obaseki.
The deputy governor, who has been at odds with his employer, revealed his desire to lead the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the next governor.
Philip, who was just kicked out of the Deputy Governor’s Lodge, gave the following explanation for his entry into the race: “Edo needs a practical leader.”
He implied that Obaseki, who has been in charge of the State for almost eight years, was an experimental leader.
Addressing reporters in Benin City, Philip said, “With the 2024 Edo governorship election fast approaching, the state cannot afford to experiment again with someone who does not understand the politics of the state or the needs of the people.
“Edo people need practical governance and you cannot experiment again with somebody that does not understand the politics of a good state and the needs of the people.
“So, everything we have to do should be assessed. You cannot know the needs of the people when you don’t live with them. So for me, competence and experience should be the watchwords as we go into the election in 2024.
“Who is competent? Who is more experienced? Who will hit the ground running from day one?
“Are we going to experiment with a new person again? And the person will spend the first four years learning on the job and he will spend another four years trying to embezzle, set up his businesses in the name of consolidating on the gains of the first term.
“Or do we need a governor that from day one will hit the ground running?”
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