Shaibu withdraws lawsuit against ‘senior brother’ Obaseki


The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shuaibu, has dropped the Federal High Court action he filed to block alleged attempts by the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, to depose him.

Shaibu cited the lawsuit with Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/1027/2023 in a circular dated September 5, 2023, which named the Inspector General of Police, State Security Service, the Governor of Edo State, and the Chief Judge of Edo State as defendants.

The decision to withdraw the action was made following a series of discussions between himself, Obaseki, and well-meaning individuals of Edo and Nigeria, including party leaders, traditional rulers, and the Archbishop of the Benin Archdiocese of the Catholic Church.

“With due respect to these eminent personalities and leaders whose persuasions and persons I cannot ignore, I, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu have authorized and instructed my Solicitors to withdraw the Suit forthwith,” Shaibu wrote.

“I wish to sincerely thank and appreciate these well-meaning Nigerians, Party Leaders, Traditional Rulers, and my Archbishop, His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Augustine Akubeze for their kind words, advise and encouragement thus far in ensuring peace and unity in our dear State, Edo.

“I also wish to place on record my special thanks to Mr. Governor, my boss and senior brother for this path of peace.”

See the full circular below: