The rift between Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, may have taken another dimension as N345 million was allocated to the Office of the Deputy Governor in the 2024 Budget as against the N19bn allocated to the Office of the State Governor.
An analysis of the budget which the governor signed into law on December 15, 2023, showed that the Office of the Secretary to the State Government got N8bn far higher than the N345m allocated to the deputy governor’s office.
The document also showed that while the House of Assembly got N13bn, the Office of the Head of Service got N968m.
A source close to the House of Assembly said the slash in the allocation to the deputy governor’s office was connected to his ambition to succeed his boss as governor of the state.
It was gathered that some lawmakers believed to be loyal to the deputy governor opposed the decision of the members of the assembly to pass the budget as presented by the governor.
Lawmakers in that category were said to have described it as an “unfair appropriation” but that they were overwhelmed other members.
An insider claimed that the budget has divided the lawmakers, but a principal member of the House of Assembly said there was no division in the House.