Edo APC Leaders, Stakeholders Reject Philip Shaibu Joining Party

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  • Says he is a political liability with no electoral value

Critical stakeholders made up of Local Government and Wards Executives and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Estako West Local Government Area of Edo State, on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, declared that the impeached deputy governor of the state, Mr Philip Shaibu does not possess any electoral value to warrant his admittance into the Party.

The APC leaders, stakeholders and members who rose from an extraordinary meeting, pointedly said that Philip Shaibu has become a complete political liability and a highly cancerous politician that must be avoided, in order to prevent him from infesting the APC with his ill-fated inordinate, desperate and obnoxious ambition.

They specifically noted that a close assessment of Philip Shaibu’s political participation would reveal him as a man that is politically rancorous and derives joy in initiating, propagating and sustaining unending crisis in any association or political party he belongs (please refer to his days in NANS, ANPP & APC), saying that they do not need such a person in the APC.

The stakeholders in communique signed by the 12 Wards Chairmen of the APC in Estako West Local Government Area, stated that without doubt, the pains, sorrow and anguish Philip Shaibu inflicted on the APC and the G-14 candidates who contested and won the 2019 General Election to represent their constituencies in the Edo State House of Assembly are still very fresh and unhealed.

The APC leaders and stakeholders strongly advised Philip Shaibu to desist from making attempts to be readmitted into the APC, stressing that they are ready to resist him with all legitimate means available to them and ensure that he would not be readmitted into the APC in Etsako West Local Government Area chapter.

The APC leaders and stakeholders said; “There is neither vacancy for him in his ward (Ward 11) nor Etsako West. He should rather concentrate on his membership of PDP or look elsewhere among the several other political parties if he must defect to another party.

“It is on record that Hon Philip Shaibu has not won any election since he left APC to pitch tent with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In virtually all the elections conducted by INEC since 2020 when he defected to PDP, he has consistently been defeated even in his polling unit

“We are not unaware of his current travails in the hands of his co-voyagers in PDP which has culminated in his impeachment. It is purely the case of the generally accepted saying that ‘whatever a man sows, that he shall reap’.

“In fact considering the level of insolence that Philip Shaibu deployed during the 2023 general election campaign, when and where he used countless unprintable terms to disparage and ridicule our Presidential candidate, now the incumbent president, His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as well as other APC candidates and his assassination attempt on the APC Deputy State Chairman (now Acting State Chairman), we can only watch and enjoy his dance of shame as he swallows the bitter taste of the meal he prepared,” they said.

The communique further stated; “This is because APC and the direct victims are yet to recover from Shaibu’s inglorious midnight inauguration of the Assembly and all his subsequent evil machinations which have made Edo State a laughing stock on matters relating to state legislature.

“Hon Philip Shaibu, like an evil merchant, made history as the mastermind of an onslaught that prevented our elected House of Assembly members from being sworn in, thereby denying their respective constituencies any form of representation for a long and full tenure of four years.

“Hon Philip Shaibu’s undemocratic attitude and highly sadistic dispositions have made him a leprous politician that must be avoided at all cost,” it stated.

The APC stakeholders and leaders noted that the attempt by Philip Shaibu to jump ship is viewed seriously by members of the APC as a calculated plan to bring rancor, disharmony and unprecedented crisis into the Party.

Accordingly, the Estako West APC critical stakeholders, leaders and members called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu not to listen to the plan of mischief as orchestrated by Shaibu, saying that he has no service to render in APC and there is obviously No Vacancy for him in Edo State Chapter of APC.

They further said; “Similarly, we call on the National Chairman of our party, APC, Dr, Abdullahi Ganduje to hear our voices and help us to keep the peace we currently enjoy in APC in Edo State. Any attempt to enroll Hon Philip Shaibu into APC is a direct invitation to crisis, fragmentation, disaffection, disenchantment, and disintegration.

“Again, we wish to use this protest to appeal to the Leader of APC in Edo State, Senator Adams Oshiomhole not to allow Hon Philip Shaibu to be admitted into the fold of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State. We are aware that Philip Shaibu still consistently insinuate that Senator Adams Oshiomhole is his father, but we appeal to our leader not to be swayed by Philip Shaibu’s deceits, for behind his word, there lies his venom and like the biblical Satan, he should not be allowed into APC because his mission is only to kill, to steal and to destroy.

“We also appeal to the Acting Chairman of APC in Edo State, Emperor Jarrett Tenebe to help APC keep and consolidate the current peace in the party and ensure that no enemy of the party and Edo people like Hon Philip Shaibu whose ability to always cause crisis as well as fragment any party he belongs, is allowed access to enlist into APC,” the communique stated.

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