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Godwins assumes office as new Edo Deputy Gov

By News Desk

A 37-year-old Engineer, Omobayo Godwins, has been sworn in as the new Edo State Deputy Governor, hours after Philip Shaibu was impeached by the state house of assembly for leaking government secrets and perjury.

He assumed office after he took the oath of office before the State’s Chief Judge, Justice Daniel Okungbowa, and the Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and other politicians as well as relatives of the deputy governor.

Godwins was sworn in on Monday at about 1:40 pm, hours after the State House of Assembly removed Shuaibu, while implementing report presented before the house by a seven-man panel constituted to investigate allegations of perjury and leaking of the state government secrets to the public.

After he took the oath of office, an excited Omobayo, who was dressed in a white kaftan and a red native cap to match, was greeted by a rousing crowd in one of the halls at the Government House.

The event was attended by a crowd of supporters, well-wishers, and some top shots in Edo State.

His swearing-in came swiftly after Shaibu’s impeachment on the grounds of releasing secret information about the state, ending months of power tussle between him and Governor Obaseki over the former’s quest for the state’s governorship seat.

In what is a landmark move in the history of the South-South state, the lawmakers on Monday adopted the report of a panel set up to probe allegations of misconduct by Shaibu.

Immediately after his sack, Shaibu faulted the lawmakers and believed his impeachment was a threat to the country’s democracy.

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