Claim: Governor Obaseki relocates the office of his deputy.
Verdict: TRUE. News reports and images from credible media outlets attest to the claim.
Their disagreement had developed into incidents, including the dissolution of the media team of the deputy governor. A public spat also ensued between the duo when the deputy, Mr Shaibu, wanted to approach his principal at a Sunday Thanksgiving marking the 32nd anniversary of the state and was denied access.
Recently, Emmanuel Aroma shared in a Facebook group that Mr Obaseki has relocated the office of his deputy from the premises of the State House to a different location.
“Gov Obaseki relocates (the) Deputy Governor’s office to (an) abandoned building in Benin. Also identified at the new location is a ‘conspicuous signpost’ that announces the property as the working hub of the deputy governor,” part of the post reads.
The post has garnered 18 reactions and 16 shares as of September 4, 2023, stirring diverse reactions.
“The Deputy Governor has a brighter chance to become the next Governor… instead of being humiliated, he should resign and decamp to (the) Labour Party,” said Mike Adiara.
“That’s Nigeria politics for you.” Prince No Stain Chubuike commented.
Due to the controversial comments, we decided to fact-check the claim.
We conducted keyword searches to discover media outlets that may have reported the development, and we noticed that Arise News published a story on it.
The report mentions that the development is an “attempt” of the governor to relocate his deputy’s office to a “building outside the Government House.”
It further confirms that the building is located at “No. 7, Dennis Osadebey Avenue, close to the Government House.” Vanguard and Punch are other media outlets that published a similar report confirming Mr Shaibu’s new office outside the government’s house.
DUBAWA also contacted the Special Adviser on Media to the Governor of Edo State, Crusoe Osagie. However, he has not responded to our messages when filing this report.
The claim is valid. News reports and images published by credible news agencies confirm the relocation of Mr Shaibu’s office.