South South now totally PDP, as Edo finally falls *Obaseki explains move

By Editor on 19/06/2020

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The justice that was denied him by the All Progressives Congress (APC), is what he is getting in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, indicated on Friday, on a day he formally joined the hitherto opposition party.

With the defection, the governor has led the PDP to complete the whole cycle of capturing all the states in the South South, for the first time since 2007, after the tenure of former Governor Lucky Igbinedion.

Edo had tilted the balance in the oil-rich region, when it fell into the hands of  the Labour Party, with the coming of Adams Oshiomhole, who ousted the former Governor Oserheimen Osunbor in 2008, after a year and four months in office, through a court pronouncement.

Thereafter, the former governor, who before his advent in politics, was the National President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), was to defect to the APC where he continued his second term after winning his election in 2012.

Though the baton changed hands from Oshiomhole to Obaseki, the government remained in the hands of the APC, which incidentally, is also the ruling party at the national level, after the 2016 election.

However, all these seem to have changed with Friday’s move by Obaseki to dump the platform, after he was denied the chance to re-contest his position on the APC ticket, having been disqualified by the Prof. Jonathan Ayuba seven-man screening committee, which claimed that it could not vouch for his certificates.

Obaseki, who had earlier told the public that he was not sure of getting justice in the APC, had responded to the disqualification by first refusing to appeal the verdict, and hinged his next move on the outcome of a proposed meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

He was however not able to see the President, but after a parley with the Chief of Staff (CoS), Ibrahim Gambari instead, he told State House Correspondents that he was through with the APC and would seek his re-election through a different platform.

Before then, he had taken a shuttle into some key PDP states in the South Sout, first meeting with his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike and that of Akwa Ibom Udom Emmanuel, who all gave their buy-in to his defection project.

Obaseki, who told his supporters that he would be contesting the 2020 governorship election in the state on the platform of the PDP, after reiterating that his disqualification from APC as “unjust”, noted that defecting to the PDP was to “engender good governance” in the state and that the party had demonstrated the ability to give him an opportunity to bring sustainable development to the state.



Posted on June, 19 2020

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