Civil Rights Advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA has condemned what it calls ‘irritating pettiness’ by Governor Godwin Obaseki in his actions towards his deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu which it describes as unnecessary executive antagonism.
HURIWA in a statement issued by its national coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko urged the Edo State House of Assembly to launch a probe into the issue.
HURIWA stated as follows: “We have read series of stories in the media regarding the unacceptable level of pettiness that has become the governance modus operandi of the Edo State governor His Excellency Godwin Obaseki particularly with regards to his absolute disrespect for the office of the deputy governor of Edo State occupied by virtue of a joint ticket by His Excellency Comrade Philip Shaibu”.
“The two actions that speak to this act of treachery is that of expulsion of the deputy governor out of the premises of the government house in Benin City to a street flooded by muddied and dirty latrine water. And secondly, the refusal of the security officers attached to the government house to grant access to the deputy governor and thus presenting the high office of the deputy governor as that of an unwanted irritant when in fact there can’t be the office of state governor without that of deputy governor.”
“We think that the Edo state house of Assembly, if it exists, should investigate if these decisions of the governor against his deputy fall within the Jurisdiction of decisions made in an atmosphere of ‘unsound mind’ in which case if the legislators determine that the quality of such decisions can be so classified to have possibly originated from ‘directives emanating from an unsound mind’, they should impeach the governor.
“There is the need for the house to constitute an investigative panel including clinical psychological experts to examine if it is possible for such decisions against the deputy governor who holds a joint mandate with the governor to have been originated from ‘a sound mind’.
“But if the contrary is the determination reached by the House that such decisions are from a sound mind, then the people of Edo State should be told transparently,” HURIWA said in its intervention into the political war between Obaseki and Shaibu.