I’m Not In Competition With You – Shaibu Tells Obaseki

Adoga Stephen By Adoga Stephen - Editor-In-Chief
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Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu of Edo State has clarified that he is not trying to outdo Governor Godwin Obaseki.

This statement comes after the governor made the decision to cover the medical expenses of the players and officials from Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure, who were attacked by armed robbers while travelling to Benin for a Nigerian Premier Football League match against Bendel Insurance.

A ball boy was shot, causing great distress and confusion among the players and officials.

Shaibu had previously promised to pay for their medical expenses, but Obaseki also pledged that the state government would cover the costs.

In response to Obaseki’s offer, Shaibu stated that he would no longer be responsible for paying the bills of the players and officials.

A statement by Shaibu’s Chief Press Secretary, Ebomhiana Musa, on Sunday evening said: “Our attention has been drawn to the fact that His Excellency, the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has directed that the medical bill of the injured Ball Boy and Kit Manager of Sunshine Stars FC of Akure be paid by the Edo State government.

“Consequently, the state’s Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu, has withdrawn his earlier promise to pay the medical bill.

“The office of Governor and Deputy Governor are one. We are not in any way in competition.”

Obaseki and Shaibu have been in conflict, even though they claimed to have resolved their differences. Despite this, Shaibu has announced his intention to run for governor of the state.

However, Obaseki has stated that his fate will be decided by the members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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By Adoga Stephen Editor-In-Chief
Stephen studied Mass Communication at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu (now Lagos State University of Science and Technology), where he acquired requisite training for the practice of journalism. He loves the media, and his interest mostly lies in print medium, where his creative writing skill makes him a perfect fit.