The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, on Thursday, apologized to Gov. Godwin Obaseki and asked for his forgiveness if he had offended him unknowingly to enable them finish well and strong.
Shaibu has been at loggerheads with Gov. Obaseki over his ambition to contest the forthcoming 2024 governorship election.
The governor has relocated his deputy to another office outside the government house while his media crew has been disbanded.
Shaibu made the apology while speaking to newsmen shortly after his investiture as the grand patron of the Catholic Men’s Organisation (CMO) of the Catholic Archdioceses of Benin.
“Like I have always said, I am a loyal servant and there is nothing that has changed. I took a vow to support my governor and that is what I will do. As you can see the Catholic people are here.
“I can only wish that the relationship we had is sustained. I prayed and know that in the next few weeks, it would come back.
“I am missing my governor and I prayed that God will touch my governor’s heart and the heart of those that are trying to come in between us to know that I mean well
“If there is any mistake I have made, I am just human and did not act out of wickedness because I am not wicked and I have a clean heart,” he said.
Shaibu called on the governor to forgive him so as to develop the state together with him.
“I used this medium to appeal to Mr Governor that if there is any mistake I have made or if there anything that I have done that I do not know of, he should please forgive me so that we can develop our state together.
“So, Mr Governor if there is anything wrong you feel I have done please, I am sorry, and I need us to work together to finish well and strong because that is my prayer for you,” he added.
He disclosed that he has resumed in his new office as directed by the governor.