A hotel in Benin City has reportedly canceled Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu’s booking to use the hotel for the formal declaration of his governorship ambition.
The hotel, located in the Government Reserved Area, Benin, is owned by a prominent chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.
It was gathered that Shaibu was contacted by the management of the hotel that the space was no longer available for his use while his money was refunded. The hotel management was said to have told the Shaibu group that another group, ‘Obaseki finishing well group,’ had paid for the same venue.
One of Shaibu’s loyalists, who asked not to be named, told Punch “We found this very preposterous that we were contacted by the hotel management that a group had paid for the same venue for a programme slated for 7 a.m. same date.
“We know where this is coming from. Whatever their plans to frustrate our declaration will definitely fail. They are jittery over Shaibu’s declaration and popularity.”
There are reports that Shaibu’s governorship ambition is not approved by his principal, Governor Godwin Obaseki, who is believed to be working to pick someone else to succeed him after their recent clash.