Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, has withdrawn the lawsuit he filed at the Federal High Court aimed at thwarting alleged efforts by Governor Godwin Obaseki to unseat him from office, citing reconciliatory efforts of party elders in the state.
Shaibu, in a circular dated September 5, 2023, referred to the lawsuit with Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/1027/2023, which listed the Inspector General of Police, State Security Service, the Governor of Edo State, and the Chief Judge of Edo State as defendants.
He clarified that his decision to retract the lawsuit stemmed from a series of meetings involving himself, Governor Obaseki, and other well-intentioned citizens from Edo and across Nigeria.
“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,” he said.
Shaibu expressed profound respect to the “eminent personalities and leaders” whom he noted offered their counsel.
“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, 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,” he added.