In a bold move that signifies a potential political showdown, Edo State’s Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu has declared his intention to vie for the governorship seat in the upcoming 2024 elections under the PDP banner, challenging his current boss, Governor Godwin Obaseki
Shaibu’s decision to enter the gubernatorial race stems from his vision of delivering pragmatic leadership to the people of Edo. Emphasizing the necessity for a leader deeply attuned to the state’s politics and the populace’s needs, Shaibu asserted that Edo cannot afford to be steered by individuals unfamiliar with its intricate political dynamics or the aspirations of its citizens.
Citing the urgency of prioritizing essential projects aligned with the genuine needs of the people, the deputy governor highlighted the significance of assessing every endeavor meticulously. He underscored the importance of governance grounded in lived experiences, advocating for competence and substantial experience as fundamental criteria for leadership, especially in the context of the approaching elections.
Shaibu posed critical questions regarding the competence, experience, and readiness of potential leaders to seamlessly initiate effective governance from day one. Expressing concern over the prospect of entrusting the state’s leadership to inexperienced individuals who might spend valuable time learning on the job rather than swiftly addressing pressing issues, he advocated for a leader prepared to hit the ground running and deliver tangible results immediately.
The deputy governor’s bold stance reflects a fervent call for accountable, practical governance rooted in understanding the state’s dynamics and the genuine needs of its populace. As the political landscape in Edo braces for the upcoming elections, Shaibu’s entry adds an intriguing dimension to the unfolding narrative of the state’s leadership transition.