Edo Election: Obaseki Heads to PDP after Disqualification under APC

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SWITZERLAND, JUNE 13 – Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki is reportedly heading to the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) to contest for the upcoming gubernatorial election, following his disqualification by the ruling All Progressives Congress screening panel.

According to unconfirmed sources, former president Goodluck Jonathan has already brokered a deal that will ensure Obaseki gets the PDP ticket for the election.

Indications of links to the PDP emerged on Friday evening when the party said it will readily admit the embattled Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, into its fold if the governor decides to join the main opposition party.

Today’s Echo gathers that the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, disclosed this in a telephone chat with some journalists on the telephone on Friday. However, Ologbondiyan said PDP will not give Obaseki an automatic ticket.

“Joining a party is different from contesting election. These are two separate things. People join political parties from their wards. We are in touch with our Edo State chapter and they have not told us that the governor had joined our party,” Ologbondiyan said.

Today’s Echo gathers that currently, there are four major aspirants in the PDP as things stand: Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, a member of the house of reps; Ifaluyi Isibor, a former rep; Kenneth Imansuagbon and George Ikhine.

“That is not a problem. If the party thinks Obaseki’s chances are high, deal may be worked out later to get them to step down,” a political analyst told Today’s Echo.

Meanwhile, the factional chairman of the PDP in Edo State, Anselm Ojezua has said that even though the governor has been disqualified by the APC, he will still contest for the gubernatorial election; an indication that he may be heading for another party.

Mr Ojezua also called for calm over the disqualification of Mr Obaseki from the party’s governorship primary.

“They didn’t say he will not contest the election but that he will not contest under the platform of the APC.

“By tomorrow, we will meet and be in a position to make a proper statement on what the future holds for the party in Edo State,” Mr Ojezua was quoted as saying by Mr Obaseki’s aide, Crusoe Osagie, in a statement on Friday evening.

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