On Monday, the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, was denied access to his office at the Government House in Benin, the state capital.
Shaibu arrived at Government House on Monday but discovered that the gate leading to his office was locked.
According to Shaibu, he has yet to receive an official letter from the governor’s office on transferring his office.
He further showed that the Governor’s office is the proper channel for transmitting a direction relative to the migration to a new office.
Shaibu while on a phone call to a yet-to-be-identified person said, “Up till now, I don’t have any official communication that I should move. The only people that have official communication are my civil servants. The civil servants have official communication but I don’t. As I am speaking to you now, I am standing by the gate.”
Last week, a letter purportedly from the office of the Head of Service, Anthony Okungbowa, was claimed to have been delivered to the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor, instructing Shuaibu to transfer to No 7, Dennis Osadebay Avenue, GRA, Benin City.
According to sources close to Shaibu, the new office has been abandoned and desperately needs renovation.
This is the latest twist in Governor Obaseki’s spat with his deputy.
While there have been rumors of intentions to impeach Shaibu, the Edo Assembly has denied any such plans.