Obaseki, Shaibu Rift: The Office Of The Deputy Governor Has Been Relocated From Govt

Due to the ongoing conflict between Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, the state government has decided to transfer the office of the deputy governor.

According to Daily Trust newspaper, the new office at No. 7 Dennis Osadebey Avenue next to the government house has been the office of the star market in the state before, which was inaugurated by the former Governor, Senator Adams Oshiomhole on the 16th of December, 2014 when he visited the new office. Journalists noticed a sign at the entrance that read “Office of the Deputy Governor. The workers on site confirmed that they hope to have the building ready on Monday, although they are not sure why.

One worker mentioned that he had not seen the signboard until that point. When asked about the move, the Commissioner for Communications and Information, Chris Nehikhare, confirmed that it was based on a government policy. The fight for success has intensified the fight between the deputy governor and the governor. With Shaibu who is from Edo North Senatorial District and Obaseki from Benin indigenes in Edo South Senatorial District, there is a difference on who should be his successor.

He is pushing for a successor from Esanland in Edo Central Senatorial District. Further reports indicated that Shaibu had walked out of a government event after being forced out of the venue by his aides. This happened shortly after a Department of State Services (DSS) official denied him access to Obaseki.

He was among the guests who attended a church service commemorating the 22nd anniversary of the creation of Edo state.

Gabon Set To Reopen Borders

Gabon’s army said on Saturday it would reopen the country’s borders, closing in on a military coup that ousted former president Ali Bongo.

A spokesman for Gabon’s military authorities said on state TV that they had “decided with immediate effect to reopen the land, sea, and air borders this Saturday”.

A group of 12 Gabonese soldiers announced on Wednesday that the borders of the country are closed until further notice, in a statement broadcast on the Gabonese 24 television channel.

General Brice Oligui Nguema, head of the Popular Republican Guard, on Wednesday, led the workers in the struggle against President Ali Bongo Ondimba, son of a family that has ruled for 55 years.

His resignation came minutes after Bongo, 64, was declared the winner of the weekend’s election – a result branded fraudulent by the opposition.

The government leaders said they had dismantled the country’s institutions and canceled the election results as well as closing the borders.

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