Edo State Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu was on Channels Television on Monday ranting about his frustrations with the Peoples Democratic Party and sending a salvo he may soon dump the party.
The unwary may interpret that to mean perhaps all is not well between him and Governor Godwin Obaseki and that Shaibu may soon part ways with his governor.
This is far from the truth. It is not correct. Please don’t fall for it.
WESTERN POST can reveal today that it’s all part of the game plan by Governor Obaseki and his deputy to return to the All Progressives Congress.
Obaseki had hurriedly left APC last year in a bid to secure a platform to contest the 2020 Edo governorship poll after his willful disqualification from the race by his estranged political godfather, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
The newspaper can report that Obaseki and Shaibu are now set for APC return.
It was learnt that the duo perfected their plans to return to APC three or four months ago.
Obaseki was said to have met with some APC Governors to discuss his return and together plan the strategies to actualise it.
WP sources said his imminent return to APC is why Obaseki has not appointed commissioners and advisers almost one year after his election.
It is also why the Edo governor is yet to take a stand on the VAT controversy stoked by the judgement of a Federal High Court in Rivers to the effect that the collection of VAT on sales is within the realm of states.
Ordinarily, Obaseki who prides himself as a highly practical and technical person would have gone with his Rivers State counterpart, Governor Nyesom Wike on the matter.
But, it was learnt that the Edo Governor is wary of ruffling the feathers of the same forces that facilitated his re-election and who want him back in APC.
Obaseki had caused a stir when he said late last year that the Nigerian economy was in trouble and that the Federal Government was augmenting its finances with the printing of Naira.