Protesters kick against plot to impeach Philip Shaibu

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By Owen Eresoyen, Benin

Hundreds of women, men and youths of Edo State, trooped to the streets to protest alleged plan by Governor Obaseki and members of the Edo State House of Assembly to impeach the deputy governor, Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu.

The protesters, under the aegis of Peace movement and PDP faithful converged in Edo North in the early hours of the day.

In their words the decry the impeachment proceedings of Edo State House of Assembly led by Hon. Blessing Agbebaku saying; “No to impeachment”, “We want peace in Edo State”, “Return the N500 million bribe to Obaseki”, “Shaibu is our Next Governor, no going back”, among others.

Mr Aminu Umosor, Gafata Emmanuel and Haija Anetu Momodu, who spoke on behalf of the men, youths and women, respectively, said they would mobilise the people of the state and the PDP to work against the party if they continue with the plan impeachment of Philip Shaibu as the Deputy Governor of Edo State.

According to them, it is to show to all Edo people that they stand by Philip Shaibu and the mandate they gave to him, noting that, If the Governor Obaseki and the house of assembly are ready for dialogue and true reconciliation, they should come with clean hands and not impeachment notice.

The group however appealed to the lawmakers to stay clear of any move to impeach the deputy governor to give the state its desired peace.

Mr Emmanuel warned the legislators against the act. He maintained that the protest would continue until Governor Obaseki and the lawmakers embrace peace.