Edo State’s Chief Judge, Justice Daniel Okungbowa, has administered the oath of office to 38-year-old Omobayo Godwin, who now assumes the role of Deputy Governor of the state.

Governor Godwin Obaseki swiftly appointed Omobayo to the position following the impeachment of Philip Shaibu on Monday. The impeachment came after the Edo State House of Assembly’s adoption of the report from a seven-man investigative panel tasked with probing allegations of misconduct against Shaibu.

In a dramatic turn of events, Shaibu was ousted from his position through a vote in the impeachment proceedings initiated earlier in the week. Shortly after, Omobayo Godwin was sworn in as his replacement.

Shaibu, in response to his impeachment, decried the process as a descent into dictatorship and an assault on democratic principles. He attributed the impeachment to his aspirations to contest the Edo governorship election in 2024 under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Omobayo Godwin, the newly appointed Deputy Governor, holds a B.Eng Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and an MSc in Public Administration from the University of Benin (UNIBEN). He is a registered member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).

Prior to his appointment, Omobayo gained professional experience as a Senior Maintenance Engineer at Dresser Wayne West Africa Limited, primarily operating in the South-South region. He has also been actively involved in local politics, earning a reputation for breaking political barriers and fostering trust within the community while mobilizing support for various causes.