Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City
Edo State Deputy Governor, Mr. Philip Shaibu, has reportedly withdrawn the law suit he instituted at a Federal High Court against the purported impeachment against him.
The letter withdrawing the suit, is believed, may at last doused the rift between him and his principal, Governor Godwin Obaseki and others named in the suit.
The statement reads: “Re: SUIT NO. FHC/ABJ/CS/1027/2023 Between: – Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu and Inspector General of Police, State Security Service, The Governor of Edo State and The Chief Judge of Edo State.”
A statement personally signed by him, said his decision was to respect the intervention of several individuals, including religious, prominent Edo citizens and the traditional institution and also appreciated the governor for agreeing on the peace initiatives.
In the letter, Shaibu stated that, “Arising from the series of meetings held with me and also with Mr. Governor by well-meaning Edolites and indeed Nigerians including party Leaders, traditional rulers, and my Archbishop, His Grace Most Rev’d Dr. Augustine Akubeze, the Archbishop of Benin Archdiocese on the issues that led to my going to Court on the above-named suit and with due respect to these eminent personalities and leaders whose persuasions and persons cannot ignore, I Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu have authorised and instructed my Solicitors to withdraw the Suit forthwith.
“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.”