Eben Enasco Reporting.

Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu, and top contender in the 2024 gubernatorial election race says he is confident in improving the lives of the people and calls for support to attain his goals.

Shaibu made the statement in Benin City on Monday when he officially declared his interest in running for the governorship seat in his bid to succeed his principal and incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki whose 8-year tenure will end in November 2024.

Shaibu, while declaring his intention to compete at the primary election said he would run on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP.

While speaking on the level of infrastructure development setbacks, he assured of his commitment to bringing about speedy development in the state.

Shortly after his official declaration, Shaibu launched his campaign office in Benin City with party supporters present to trust their support toward his ambition.

While stating that he had put his life on the line for the development and growth of the state, Shaibu was involved in a running battle with Obaseki which led to the forceful reallocation of his office outside Government House.

The beleaguered Deputy Governor who lamented his recent ordeals over his decision to contest the exotic seat at the Denis Osadebe Avenue said, “I have been bruised but not crushed”, stressing that no one can stop him now.

He maintained that his declaration was a call to Destiny not just a political race, where he also acknowledged the roles of traditional institutions.

Comrade Shaibu told his supporters and some party leaders who besieged his Ward Campaign Flag-off ground that his commitment to the people would be premised on four to five pillars including Infrastructure, Education, Sports, skills development, Health care, and social welfare, Agriculture and rural development to enhance food security for the state.

He noted that the last of the fifth pillars would be Securing the state from intruders by strengthening the security architecture.

The new sheriff in town, however, vowed to govern with some level of accountability and transparency.

Recall that the indifference between him and his principal earlier took a horrid deadlock when he was accused of planning a coup against him, the governor which he later tendered an apology to his principal, seeking his forgiveness.

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