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Shuaibu: My Nomination As Running Mate Is Work Of God

Posted: Jul 14, 2016 at 8:49 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Francis Onoiribholo

BENIN – Mr Philip Shuaibu, running mate to the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, on Thursday described his emergence as the choice of the party leaders as the work of God.

“I was surprised and excited when the leadership of the party in the state anointed me to be the running mate to Mr. Godwin Obaseki,” he said.

Shuaibu who expressed his gratitude to the leadership of the party in the state, also punctured the claim in some quarters that the deputy governorship position was not supposed to be ceded to Etsako where he hails from since the current senator and governor of the state are from those areas.

He said that the leadership of the party was being strategic due to the voting strength of the three Etsako Local Governments.

Speaking to journalists in Benin City, Shuaibu who is the current House of Representatives member representing Etsako Federal constituency, said, “The office of the deputy governor is not one that you contest for.

“It is the leaders that take that decision and I was surprised and excited that my name featured in their mind and I was selected to be the running mate. I pray to God that I meet the challenges ahead and not to disappoint those who reposed this confidence in me.

“I am really excited because it was not something I expected, I believe it is God’s doing. I know I was asked by some persons if I was not interested and I told them that the office of the deputy governor is not something you contest, it is the governor and leaders from my experience that normally look at the options and take a decision and when the decision was in my favour, I was excited and I pray to God that those quality they saw in me will not die.”

On the insinuation in some quarters over the ceding of the position to Etsako, Shuaibu explained that “the Senate which is in Etsako today is a common denominator for the whole Afemai people and the House of Representatives is a common denominator among the three Etsako’s.

“Interestingly, the constituency that I represent consists of three local governments out of the six, so, as far as Edo is concerned and the South/South it is the largest constituency so far.

“People in my constituency are already clamouring that that constituency is too large to be one flowing from the number of votes and 32 wards in that constituency. Election is all about majority and I think we should play down ethnicity and celebrate merits. The party also has its strategy so we should emphasis less on ethnicity. Afemai land is one and we will also remain one,” he stated.