Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, has said he will definitely defeat the preferred candidate of Governor Godwin Obaseki.fter formally announcing his intention to run for Edo governorship election in 2024,
Shaibu gave the assurance while speaking on a TVC programme on Monday evening.
According to Shaibu: “Definitely, I’ll defeat the so-called candidate of the governor, not because I have the power, but because Edo people want their own and I am their own. Edo people do not want importation; they want their own.
“The problem I have with the governor is that he has allowed certain individuals that have interest in governance to come between us.
“He is managing in his own style and the way he feels he can manage it. I am also managing it the way I feel I can manage it.
“When I said I was pressed, but not distressed, I understand the kind of intimidation and oppression I have gone through.”
However, Obaseki is believed to be rooting for a Lagos-based lawyer, Asue Ighodalo, who hails from Edo Central, as successor.
The deputy governor who hails from Edo North Senatorial District had earlier reiterated his loyalty to Obaseki, who hails from Edo South, but insisted that he will contest for the poll.