Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has stated that his deputy, Philip Shaibu, possesses the constitutional right to run for the position of governor in 2024.
Obaseki clarified that while Shaibu has the right to contest, it will ultimately be the decision of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to determine if he will be the party’s flag bearer.
Following Shaibu’s official declaration of interest in the governorship election on Monday, where he expressed confidence in defeating Obaseki’s chosen candidate, tensions arose. However, the governor confirmed that they have since resolved their differences.
During a press briefing on Thursday, Obaseki remarked, “The relationship, as you know, has been cordial. He (Philip) wants to run for the office I currently occupy, and he is free to do so. I believe, as a Nigerian, he has the constitutional right to run; nobody can or should stop him.”
Obaseki went on to explain that the party and its members would play a decisive role in determining the party’s flag bearer for the upcoming governorship election.