The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, has apologised to Adams Oshiomhole, the former governor of the state, over his comments during the political face-off between him and Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Shaibu tendered his apology while featuring on a TVC programme on Monday, where he also said that Oshiomhole is still his father despite their political differences.
During Oshiomhole and Obaseki’s rift, Shaibu supported the latter, noting that the former was playing godfather when he never allowed such to happen in the State.
However, Obaseki and Oshiomhole seem to have settled their differences, having been sighted at state functions together.
Shaibu and Obaseki fell out after Shaibu showed interest in the governorship race. On Monday, the deputy governor said his decision to contest resulted from divine conviction to serve Edo state and take governance back to the people.
“I express remorse over my choice of words against Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in times past, and I insist that the former governor, now a Senator at the National Assembly, remains my father despite our political differences,” he said.
Shaibu said that his desire to succeed his principal is driven by a divine cause to take the State to the next level.
“Yes, I want to be the next Governor of Edo State not because l am Philip Shaibu, it is my constitutional right. Before publicly declaring my interest to contest, l had consulted widely with many persons and groups within and outside Edo State.
“Moreover, l went into prayers to seek guidance and direction from God. The signs l received encouraged me to go ahead with my aspiration, though it was obvious the Governor had his plans of supporting another person,” he added.