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A development economist and former chief of staff in edo state, Mr Taiwo Akerele has issued a stern warning to the Governor and Deputy Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and Mr. Philip Shaibu, respectively, Mr Akerele in a statement made available to newsmen at the sidelines of the UNGA78 in New York, he called on them to halt their interpersonal squabble and focus on governing the state in the best interest of its citizens.
With recent political tensions escalating within the state, Mr. Akerele, a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Edo state, and a conscientious observer, fears that this distraction has the potential to negatively affect the security, governance, and prosperity of Edo State.
“It is disheartening to witness the recurrent personal battles between Governor Obaseki and Deputy Governor Shaibu,” said Mr. Akerele. “Their ongoing feud is causing severe disruptions, hindering the state from progressing and addressing the significant challenges it faces.”
Mr. Akerele further asserts that while the Governor and Deputy Governor continue their public sparring, the security of lives and property within Edo State remains at risk. He calls 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.”
Edo State deserves a stable and secure environment for its citizens to thrive.
Mr. Akerele strongly urges Governor Obaseki and Deputy Governor Shaibu to set aside their differences, prioritize the welfare of the people, and focus on governance.