Edo State Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu became the first serving governor in Nigeria to feature in the country’s football league as visiting Bendel Insurance FC played a 1-1 draw with Spartans in Lagos on Wednesday.
It was a rescheduled Nigeria National League (NNL) match in which the Edo state number two citizen stole the show as he inspired Insurance to a strong finish in the second tier league.
The Edo state-owned club had already secured promotion to the elite league on Monday by overcoming Shooting Stars 2-1 in Benin to occupy the roof of Group B1 in the NNL.
It was a feat they achieved after playing in the lower division for 10 years following their relegation from the then Nigeria Premier League at the end of the 2007/2008 season.
Shaibu, 48, came on in the second-half to the delight of fans as he showed flashes of brilliance in contributing his part to the club’s share of the spoils at the Agege Stadium.