It was Hallelujah! moment when Edo State Governor, His Excellency Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu embraced armistice in the house of God, at a burial Church service of late Mrs Alimikhena at Holy Family Catholic Church, Igiode-Agenebode, Etsako East LG of the State, on Friday.
A trending photo news showed a significant and reconciliatory moment between the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, and his Deputy, Philip Shaibu, during a church service held for the late Mrs. Alimikhena.
The Governor and his Deputy Governor appeared to reconcile during the church service. The Governor approached his Deputy and extended a firm handshake, surprising many in attendance.
Lately, there had been public disputes and disagreements between Obaseki and Deputy Shaibu, leading to a strained relationship between the two. These disagreements had been widely reported in the media.
However, Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu had recently extended an apology to Governor Obaseki, seeking reconciliation. The Governor’s acceptance of the apology which was widely reported, also signaled a willingness to work together again.
Governor Obaseki had previously expressed his condolences to Senator Francis Alimikhena on the passing of his wife, Lady Monica Alimikhena. He praised her as a kind and compassionate individual who had contributed to the development of her community and supported her husband in serving the people of Edo North.
A leading security expert, Dr. Sunnie Aleghe, is enthused, saying that a reconciliation between the Governor and Deputy Governor during a solemn church service is welcome and suggestive of a potential resolution to their previous differences.
Aleghe said, “It also underscores the importance of unity and cooperation among political leaders in the state”.