The embattled Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, and the staff in his office have been sent out of the Edo State Government House and relocated to a new building that was formerly housing the Edo State Procurement Agency.
This is despite Shaibu’s statement withdrawing the suit he instituted against his boss and others in Abuja over a purported plan to impeach him. The new office is located at No 7, Dennis Osadebey Avenue close to the emergency gate of the government house.
A security man at the gate denied our correspondent entry to the new office of the deputy governor, but some civil servants were sighted already moving into the new office while some workers were sighted still cleaning the compound.
Also sighted were some plain cloth security aides to the deputy governor who drove into the facility and later left.
It was gathered that a memo directing the relocation to the new location was issued last week by the Permanent Secretary, Head of Office to the Permanent Secretary, Deputy Governor’s Office and a reminder was issued over the weekend.
An aide to Shaibu while confirming the development said, “We have been told to move and we have started movement today. The memo was sent directly to the Permanent Secretary, It was a two-paragraph memo from the HoS, but the civil servants are the ones moving right now.
“The letter was sent to the Permanent Secretary so we are waiting for directives. The civil servants are moving today but we may move before the end of the week.”
Recall that a statement issued by Shaibu last week withdrawing the suit said he decided to respect the intervention of several individuals including religious, prominent Edo people, and the traditional institution, and also appreciated the governor for agreeing on the peace initiatives.
The statement read, “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.
“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 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 I cannot ignore, I, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu has 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 for their kind words, advice, 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.”