Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, took a decisive step on Monday by officially announcing his candidacy for the 2024 governorship election in the state following months of controversy and public outcry, All Nigeria Latest News reports.

Shaibu, in a pre-recorded speech broadcast today announced his intention to vie for the position of the state’s governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

After his official declaration, Shuaibu, who has served as the deputy governor of Edo State since 2016 launched his campaign office in Benin City, the state capital, at an event crowded with party supporters in branded accoutrements.

“After all the consultation we have made, we needed to now make the answer to our consultation known to our people. And the answer is clear: they have asked me to run,” Shaibu said.

The Edo Deputy governor said he has put his life on the line for the development and growth of the state and he was determined to make the South-South state great again.

The 53-year-old politician, who has been having a running battle with his principal, Governor Godwin Obaseki, for sometime over his political ambition, said though he was persecuted, he was not crushed.

He is from Edo North Senatorial District, the same district as ex-governor of the state and current lawmaker representing the district in the 10th National Assembly, Adams Oshiomhole.

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