Philip Shaibu, the embattled Deputy Governor of Edo State, has begged his superior, Governor Godwin Obakeki, for forgiveness over political disputes.
Shaibu, speaking to journalists in Benin City on Thursday, urged Governor Obaseki to forgive and forget.
“I use this medium to appeal to Mr Governor, if there is anything I don’t know I have done, please forgive me so that we can develop our state together,” he said.
“We only have one year left.” The entire country has looked up to us. So, Mr. Governor, please accept my apologies for anything I may have done. I need us to work together to finish strong and well.”
When asked if he had returned to his new office, Shaibu replied, “We have returned, but there is still much work to be done there.”
“There is no issue with it. The governor has requested that we go there. I am a faithful servant, as I have always tried to demonstrate, and nothing has changed.
“I made a personal pledge to support my governor, and you can see my Catholic constituents are here.” Nothing can erase the fact that I made a pledge to God, and I hope that our relationship will return in the coming days and weeks.
“I miss my governor, and by the grace of God, He will touch the governor’s heart, as well as all of us and those who stand between us.”
“I’m sorry. If I committed a mistake as a person, it was not out of evil since I know I’m not wicked. “I have a very pure heart.”
Obaseki and Shaibu have recently clashed over allegations of impeachment machinations against the deputy governor.
Last month, the governor accused his deputy of plotting his demise, which Shaibu rejected.
In early September, Shaibu was denied entry to a state-sponsored event attended by the governor and other prominent dignitaries.
The deputy governor’s office was soon relocated to a facility outside the Edo State Government House.