From Tony Osauzo, Benin
A development Economist and former Chief of Staff to Governor Godwin Obaseki, Mr Taiwo Akerele, has warned the Governor and his Deputy, Mr. Philip Shaibu, to halt their interpersonal squabble and focus on governing the state in the best interest of its citizens.
Akerele, a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Edo state, who spoke on the sidelines of the UNGA 78 in New York, expressed fear that the recent political tensions escalating within the state might cause distraction that has the potential to negatively affect the security, governance and prosperity of the state.
“It is disheartening to witness the recurrent personal battles between Governor Obaseki and Deputy Governor Shaibu. Their ongoing feud is causing severe disruptions, hindering the state from progressing and addressing the significant challenges it faces”, Akerele noted.
He said while the Governor and Deputy Governor continue their public sparring, the security of lives and property within Edo State remains at risk and therefore called on the security agencies under the control of President Tinubu, to ensure the safety and well-being of the people, thereby compensating for the government’s inability to properly address the pressing security concerns.
“I implore President Tinubu and the security agencies to take immediate action and safeguard the lives and property of the people of Edo State.
“They must ensure the security of the state, especially in times of political instability caused by personal disagreements”, Mr. Akerele stressed, adding that Edo State deserves a stable and secure environment for its citizens to thrive.
He urged Governor Obaseki and his Deputy, Shaibu, to set aside their differences, prioritize the welfare of the people and focus on governance.