Edo State Deputy Governor and the gubernatorial aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2024 elections, Philip Shaibu, is confident that Governor Godwin Obaseki will endorse his bid for the governorship. The Independent National Electoral Commission has set September 21, 2024, as the election date.
In November 2023, Shaibu asserted that he was unstoppable in clinching the PDP’s governorship ticket. With three decades in politics and seven years working alongside Governor Obaseki to enhance the state, he believes he is best positioned to succeed Obaseki.
Shaibu assured, “I will secure the ticket, and my name will be on the ballot. I have consulted widely, and I am confident that my name will be sent to INEC as the party’s candidate.”
Speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Shaibu expressed certainty about Governor Obaseki’s support, stating, “I can bet you that Mr. Godwin Obaseki, the governor of Edo State, my boss and senior brother, will support me.”
Addressing another aspirant, Asue Ighodalo, Shaibu responded, “He (Obaseki) has denied supporting Asue even when we know he is supporting him. But that is not an issue for me. I am a homeboy and I understand the politics of Edo state.”
Emphasizing his experience, Shaibu noted, “As somebody who is experienced, I have an edge over him. He is coming with private sector experience. I am coming with both private sector and public sector experience.”
During his formal declaration, Shaibu confidently stated, “Nobody can stop my ambition.” He pledged to deliver practical governance if elected governor in 2024, asserting that Edo people see him as an authentic representative capable of living up to their expectations.