Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, has opted to withdraw his lawsuit filed at the Federal High Court, which aimed to halt alleged efforts by Governor Godwin Obaseki to remove him from office.
Shaibu announced his withdrawal in a circular dated September 5, 2023, which referenced Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/1027/2023, listing the Inspector General of Police, State Security Service, the Governor of Edo State, and the Chief Judge of Edo State as defendants.
Shuaibu said that his decision to withdraw the lawsuit followed a series of meetings involving himself, Governor Obaseki, and various stakeholders, including party leaders, traditional rulers, and the Archbishop of the Benin Archdiocese of the Catholic Church.
“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,” Shaibu wrote.
“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.”