Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, has emphasized the need for practical rather than experimental governance in the state, particularly in light of the upcoming 2024 Edo Governorship Election. Speaking to newsmen in Abuja, Shaibu outlined his vision for the state’s future and the importance of experienced leadership.
Shaibu underscored the necessity for governance that is directly responsive to the needs of the people of Edo State. He stressed that the state cannot afford to take risks with inexperienced leaders who do not understand the local political landscape or the specific requirements of the citizens. The Deputy Governor pointed out that global citizens are increasingly calling for governments to focus on essential projects rather than unnecessary experiments.
Highlighting the importance of assessing the state’s needs, Shaibu argued that a deep understanding of these needs is only possible when leaders are closely connected with the community. He posed critical questions about the upcoming election, debating whether the state should risk electing an inexperienced governor who might spend significant time learning on the job, or choose a leader ready to immediately address the state’s challenges.
Shaibu, who has expressed interest in the Edo governorship race, emphasized the importance of collaboration between state and federal governments for effective governance. He believes that his understanding of the state’s debt profile and potential funding sources positions him to effectively lead from day one without the need for an initial learning period.
He also touched on the issue of rotational governorship among the three zones in Edo State, noting that while there has been no formal convention for zoning, the principles of fairness and equity should still be considered. Shaibu highlighted that while the South and Central zones have had multiple turns at the governorship, the North has had only one.
Finally, Shaibu commented on the frequent organization of seminars, workshops, and programs in the state, lamenting that their outcomes often go unimplemented. This, he suggests, is a critical issue that needs addressing to ensure that the planning and deliberation in these events translate into tangible improvements for the state.
As the election approaches, Shaibu’s statements reflect a growing conversation about the type of leadership needed to propel Edo State forward. His advocacy for practical, experienced governance resonates with a broader desire for effective and responsive leadership in the region.