The Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, has resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress.
His resignation was announced in a press statement by Governor Godwin Obaseki’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, on Tuesday.
The statement noted that Obaseki’s resignation from the APC “is a fallout of a battle that arose from his refusal to subvert the will of the people for the interest of a predatory group of godfathers and political thugs.
“Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu has also resigned from the APC.”
The statement said his resignation letter was addressed to the Ward Chairman, APC Ward 11, Etsako West Local Government Area.
Part of the letter read, “I write pursuant to Article 9.5 (i) of the Constitution of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to formally resign my Membership of the All Progressives Congress and to inform you of my formal withdrawal from all or any of its proceedings and processes whatsoever.
“Please note that this resignation takes immediate effect.”
The APC had approved its screening and appeal committees’ reports which disqualified Obaseki and two others from participating in the June 22 governorship primaries in Edo.
The party’s National Working Committee, led by its National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, announced Obaseki’s disqualification on June 13 at a news conference in Abuja.
Oshiomhole said the NWC, which reviewed the two reports, noted with satisfaction that members of the committees were unanimous in their decisions.
The appeal panel, headed by Prof. Abubakar Fari also upheld the outcome of the screening committee, while presenting the report to Oshiomhole at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja.
The Independent National Electoral Commission has slated Sept. 19 for the governorship poll in Edo.