The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Mr. Philip Shaibu has expressed optimism of winning the governorship election scheduled to take place on September 19.
Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Sunday, the Deputy Governor said he will defeat the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), even in his ward.
Shaibu emphasised that he does not do money politics, nor uses money for election or bribe for election, but believes in being the messenger of the people and carrying the dividend of democracy to the people.
The deputy governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also noted that not only would he and the PDP, defeat Oshiomhole in his ward, but would also win the entire six local government areas in Edo North Senatorial District.
“Edo North Senatorial District will be the easiest to win because the political structure of the place is in our hands,” he said. The deputy governor further disclosed that he introduced Oshiomhole to politics and even arranged his first-ever political gathering that took him in.
“I introduced Comrade Oshiomhole to politics. I organised his first-ever political meeting that brought him in. I was in politics before him and I won my election in 2003, without going to court. But he came through the court, and I was already a member of the Edo House of Assembly 18 months before he became a governor,” stated Shaibu.
Moreover, he noted that his loyalty to the PDP candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki, remained unshaken. Shaibu commended the governor for developing the state in many ways, noting that he would follow and stand with him until the end.
Shaibu also said that he will continue to support any government that will sustain democracy and makes the state move forward.