Shuaibu withdraws suit to restrain Obaseki from impeachment plot
The Edo state deputy governor, Philip Shuaibu, on Tuesday, withdrew the lawsuit he filed against Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Shuaibu in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1027/2023 at a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had listed the inspector-general of police, state security service, the governor of Edo, the speaker of Edo state house of assembly and the chief judge of Edo state as first to fifth defendants respectively.
The Edo deputy governor had asked the court to restrain the governor, the speaker of the state assembly and the chief judge from initiating impeachment proceedings or sanctioning any impeachment against him.
Shuaibu has, however, made a u-turn by issuing a statement to say that he has instructed his solicitors to withdraw the lawsuit.
The deputy governor said he decided to take this step due to the intervention of “well-meaning citizens of Edo state”.
“Arising from the series of meetings held with me and also with Mr. Governor by well-meaning Edolites and indeed Nigerians including party leaders, traditional rulers, and my archbishop, His Grace Most Rev’d Dr. Augustine Akubeze, the Archbishop of Benin Archdiocese on the issues that led to my going to court on the above-named suit,” he said.
“And with due respect to these eminent personalities and leaders whose persuasions and persons I cannot ignore, I, Rt. Hon. comrade Philip Shaibu have authorized and instructed my solicitors to withdraw the suit forthwith.
“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, advise 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.” Shuaibu stated.
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