The Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu has vowed that he will emerge the Peoples Democratic Party candidate in the forthcoming 2024 governorship election in the state.
Shaibu declared that nobody can stop his ambition, adding that having been in politics for 30 years and working with Governor Godwin Obaseki in the last seven years to improve the state, he was in the best position to succeed his principal.
The Deputy governor stated this today during an interview on Channels TV Sunrise Daily programme.
“Nobody can stop my ambition,” he declared.
“I can assure you that I will secure the ticket and my name and the party will be on the ballot. Nothing will happen because my name will be there.
“My name will be sent to INEC and I will be the candidate for the party in the election because I don’t do things without checking. I have gone round and consulted, and I have been assured.”
He admitted that Adams Oshiomhole is his father and would find time to apologise to him.
His words, “My relationship with Adams Oshiomhole is cordial. When I mean cordial, he is still my father. Politically, we are in different political parties.
“I am happy that the governor (Obaseki) has started inviting the former governor (Oshiomhole) and my father to political functions. That is what I have been praying for.
And now that he has started, I think that the next step is for me to reach him and also first apologise to him (Oshiomhole) for some use of words during the election but in terms of principle of supporting Obaseki, I will still support Obaseki because God told me that is the right thing to do.
“One of the crises that I had was when I went to the Senate to congratulate Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and I was seen in a viral video.
“That was where my headache started because the governor’s style is that a friend of the governor, you must be friend to him and an enemy to the governor, you must be enemy to him. I understand that principle and I am being careful.
“What I was waiting for was for the governor to make that move because I will not make that move if the governor had not made the move,” he added.