Edo 2020: PDP Speaks On Giving Obaseki Automatic Ticket

Photo of Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki
Source: http://naijanews.com

Information reaching Wakeupafrica360 from our correspondent in Nigeria has it that the Edo chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has given out a comment saying that their door is still open to Governor Godwin Obaseki to join the party. This came after he was disqualified by All Progressive Congress (APC) screening committee headed by Prof. Jonathan Ayuba. The comment was made by the Chairman of the Edo State PDP, Dr. Tony Azigbemi while speaking to journalist in Benin city, the Edo State Capital on Saturday, 13th June 2020.

The Edo State PDP Chairman disclosed that some close associates of the governor have made overtures to the leadership of the party but that Obaseki is yet to personally reach out to him or any member of his executive council. According to him, “It is true that some close aides of the governor have reached out to the PDP. The governor, however, is yet to personally reach out to us. Our doors are opened to Governor Obaseki. He is welcome, should he decide to come and join us. The doors of the PDP are wide opened.”

However, the PDP chairman, was silent on what will be the fate of Governor Obaseki in the primary of the party which is scheduled to for June 23 in Benin but it would be recalled that the South-South zonal chairman of the party, Chief Emmanuel Ogidi had insisted on the due process should Obaseki defect to the PDP.

Photo of Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki and Former Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole
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On other news making the rounds, a report has emerged, suggesting that three governors who are against the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC),  Adams Oshiomhole, have backed Governor Godwin Obaseki‘s alleged plan to move to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Also, several reports on Friday evening alleged that that Governor Obaseki has dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) after he was disqualified by the screening committee and had since joined the opposition PDP, with the hope of flying the party’s flag for the Edo 2020 election. Although the Governor, Godwin Obaseki  is yet to issue a statement regarding his alleged defection to the PDP and the plan to run for a second term in office on the platform of the main opposition party in the state, there is a sharp division among the ranks of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State over plans by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state to defect to the party and clinch the ticket to contest the September 19, 2020 governorship election.

The report which said Obaseki would be having a meeting with the leadership of the PDP would involve all the local government area chairmen of the party and other leaders of the party, added that three PDP Governors in the South-South who are said to have issues with Oshiomhole are ready to support Obaseki. According to the report, the PDP Governors are ready to support Obaseki to win the election and bring back Edo into PDP, in what is seen as a “direct attack” on APC National Chairman.

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