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This is How PDP Governors and Chieftains Endorsed the Ticket of Godwin Obaseki and His Deputy, Philip Shuib

Efogator Media can report authoritatively that the embattled Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki is going to be allowed to run together with his deputy, Philip Shaibu, on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party if he (Obaseki) emerges winner at the PDP primary slated for Tuesday, June 23, in Benin, Edo State, Saturday PUNCH has learnt.

It was gathered that this was one among the problems discussed at the meeting the governor had with leaders of the party and a few of its governors in Abuja on Wednesday.




Sources at the meeting, who spoke with one among our correspondents, said Obaseki pleaded that he be allowed to run with Shaibu if he eventually won the party primary.

The governor was said to possess described his deputy as a loyal friend which he remained a pillar in what he described because the battle to rid the state of godfatherism.

The party leaders were said to possess expressed support for the Obaseki/Shaibu joint ticket because the best for the approaching governorship within the state.

The source said, “The meeting was held to iron out grey areas like waivers, who will become his (Obaseki’s) campaigner if he wins, who will handle the campaign, funding and every one that. But the governor pleaded that he should be allowed to run together with his deputy if he wins the first . And it had been agreed.

“This is because we don't got to cause disaffection within the ranks of the 2 men. they need been together fighting the cause they believe . Asking the governor to select someone who has been a member of the PDP for long if he wins the first could trigger a crisis in our party and within the ranks of the supporters of both men. So, if he wins the first , he's liberal to run together with his deputy.

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“Apart from that, he's the one to control together with his deputy after winning the election. We don't got to impose a campaigner on him if we don't want to witness a fight in Government House.”

The source added that Shaibu is additionally believed to be a “strong pillar behind the Obaseki government and there's no way you'll remove him from the ticket they need been enjoying for four years now,” adding that “we won't progress if we are saying he should search for another campaigner if he wins the first .”

it had been also gathered that the governor was asked if he would return to the All Progressives Congress should he win the election on the platform of the PDP.

Obaseki was said to possess laughed at the suggestion, saying there was no way he would return to a house where he had been rejected.

“The governor asked us how we thought he would return to a house where he was kicked out with none reason, to which we all laughed,” the source added.

On funding, it had been gathered that the governor promised that he had the capacity to mobilise his friends to boost funds for his re-election without bothering the party. This action, it had been gathered, was discussed at length because the PDP was said to not be rich at the instant .

Obaseki was also said to possess told the gathering that he still had friends among the governors elected on the platform of the APC who could also raise funds for him.

The source said, “We don't expect the governor to dip his hands into the govt coffers to fund the election. that's not what we would like . However, he told us how he raised funds for the re-election of a former governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole.

“For us as a celebration , we'll never impose anyone on the people and therefore the electorate. it's for them to make a decision who they need as their governor. So, Obaseki is additionally getting to compete with other aspirants,” he said.

Obaseki picks nomination form


Meanwhile, Obaseki has picked his nomination and expression of interest forms to enable him to require part within the PDP primary within the state.

The PDP National Organising Secretary, Col Austin Akobundu (retd), gave him the forms in Abuja on Friday.

Obaseki promised to abide by the party’s rules and regulations.


The PDP Chairman, Secondus, who earlier received Obaseki at the National Working board meeting at the party’s Legacy House in Maitama, Abuja, said the NWC members deliberated and approved his application for a waiver. He added that the governor’s deputy was also granted a waiver.

Secondus said that as a celebration that was guided by rules, the appliance came from the governor’s ward in Edo State and was recommended and endorsed by the opposite various organs of the party within the state.

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A press release from the Secondus’ media office quoted him as saying the national chairman told the governor that by the waiver he and his deputy could vote and be voted for within the party.

Also, Secondus said the PDP had shifted the governorship primary.

He said, “The NWC has further shifted the Edo State governorship primary from an earlier slated date of Tuesday, Midsummer Eve to a replacement date of Thursday June 25, 2020.

“The shift is again predicated on exigencies of party activities.”

Obaseki, Shaibu defect to PDP amid jubilation, pick party registration cards

After days of speculations, Obaseki and Shaibu on Friday defected to the PDP in Benin City, Edo capital .

Amid songs and dancing, his supporters said they were happy to return with him to the PDP.

The governor, amid an outsized entourage, including some commissioners and native government chairmen, received the state headquarters of the PDP along First East Circular Road at about 2.15pm.

He and his deputy then proceeded to the state PDP chairman’s office to receive their party registration cards.


Their action put to rest several days of speculations following Obaseki’s meetings with PDP governors across the country, as a results of his disqualification by the All Progressives Congress screening committee from contesting the party’s primary on June 22.

The governor had on June 16 announced his resignation from the APC after visiting the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), in Abuja, while his deputy also followed suit in Benin on an equivalent day.





During their defection to the PDP on Friday, there was a huge crowd at the state office of the PDP, with a number of their supporters defying the COVID-19 guideline on social distancing and use of face masks.

The governor and his deputy were received by members of the state executive of the PDP, including the state chairman, Dr Tony Aziegbemi; and therefore the PDP Vice-Chairman (South-South), Chief Emmanuel Ogidi.

Shortly after his registration, Obaseki said, “I am here this afternoon to tell you that following my resignation from the APC, I even have now decided, having consulted widely within the state and across the country, to become a member of the PDP.

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“The Peoples Democratic Party , in my view, has demonstrated and shown that it's a celebration that's rooted in democratic practices, the party that believes in justice and fairness.

Following his speech, the state party chairman, Aziegbemi, immediately declared Obaseki the PDP leader in Edo State.

Speaking with journalists later, Obaseki noted, “I have mixed feelings with this action. First, one struggled to make a celebration and after forming that party, people who benefitted from the party took over the party and have become tyrants.

“It isn't always easy that after one helped to make and nurture a celebration , one individual would say he's an Hitler within the system and becomes undemocratic. That was what happened within the APC.”

Shaibu, however, expressed his loyalty to the Edo people, noting that their involves the governor and his team to hitch the PDP had been heard.

PDP screens Obaseki today


The PDP has approved the continuation of the screening of aspirants for the election.

With this, Obaseki is to face the screening committeeat the party’s secretariat in Abuja.

Earlier, three aspirants, Gideon Ikhine, Ogbeide Ihama and Kenneth Imansuangbon, had been screened by the committee.

I won’t step down for Obaseki, even in my dreams – Imasuagbon, PDP aspirant

Meanwhile, a PDP governorship aspirant, Mr Kenneth Imasuagbon, has vowed that he won't succumb to internal or external pressure to step down for Obaseki to secure the party ticket.

Imasuagbon said it might be absurd for him to abandon his political struggle for the past 16 years to become a governor by stepping aside for Obaseki who joined the party a couple of days to the first .

He said, “The contemplation of me stepping down is preposterous. You can’t inquire from me to step down after my (political) struggle for the past 16 years. Why? How do I explain that to the people that laboured on behalf of me within the past 16 years? Even within the dream, I can’t have such an idea .

“Nobody should reach bent me. that's of no value to me. there's no advantage to him (Obaseki). Let there not be intimidation or any sort of manipulation of the method by the leadership of the party at the national level,” he said during an interview with one among our correspondents on Friday.

Imasuagbon, who lost to Obaseki within the 2016 governorship primary of the APC, said the PDP would be making the most important mistake by handing the governorship ticket to the governor because his administration left much to be desired.

He also described the crisis between Obaseki and Oshiomhole because the consequence for allegedly imposing the previous on the APC in 2016.

He said, “It (Obaseki’s government) may be a failed administration because he has not delivered on his promises. He promised 200,000 jobs but he has not been ready to deliver them. Schools and hospitals are dilapidated. There are security concerns everywhere. The roads are still bad and a few members of the House of Assembly haven't been inaugurated.

“Nobody has the type of appeal that I even have . you'll sample the opinions of Edo people about the ‘Rice Man.’ Ninety per cent of Edo people want me to become governor. But a couple of elite who aren't up to 0.5 per cent are standing in my way. But God will remove them on behalf of me to pass. If they manipulate the results, they're going to face the consequence. I told Oshiomhole when he brought Obaseki in 2016 that God would fight on behalf of me .

Where are the godson and therefore the godfather today? The crisis within the APC between the governor and Oshiomhole is as a results of the injustice they did to me. Nemesis has trapped with them. If the PDP does an equivalent , there'll be consequences.”

However, there have been indications that one among the PDP aspirants, Mr Gideon Ikhine, may step down for Obaseki.


Atiku, Saraki, Wike, Okowa, Reps pledge support for Obaseki


Following his defection to the PDP on Friday, top members of the party have expressed support for Obaseki.

those that welcomed the governor to the party include a former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; ex-Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki; Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike; and Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa.

Atiku, who was the PDP presidential candidate within the 2019 general elections, said he was happy that the governor had “finally exited the oppressive ruling party and joined the truly Democratic Party in Nigeria.”

Also, Saraki, during a statement by his media aide, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said the larger commendation and appreciation should attend the leaders of the Edo State chapter of the PDP at the varied levels for his or her “sense of sacrifice, patriotism and devotion to the progress of the party” in accepting Obaseki.




The ex-Senate President also mocked the suspended APC national chairman (Oshiomhole).

He said, “The truth is usually constant and regardless of how far falsehood travels, the reality will catch up with it at some point . Oshiomhole can fool people for an extended time but he cannot fool the people all the time. what's happening to him now's a flash of truth.”

Wike also expressed happiness with the defection of his Edo State counterpart.

Shortly after Obaseki joined the party, Wike tweeted an image of the embattled governor flashing a replica of the PDP’s constitution, with the caption, “Welcome to the @OfficialPDPNig.”

within the same vein, Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, pledged to figure for Obaseki’s re-election.

The legislator of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu, also welcomed Obaseki to the PDP.

Edo APC faction rejects Uzodinma-led committee

during a related manner, a factional chairman of the APC in Edo State, Anslem Ojezua, on Friday rejected the Hope Uzodinma-led committee constituted by the National Working Committee of the party to conduct primary within the state.

We won’t miss Obaseki –APC


Meanwhile, the APC has dismissed claims that the defection of the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, would affect its electoral fortunes within the forthcoming governorship election.

In an interview on Friday, APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said the governor’s departure from the party was of no consequence to the APC.

He said, “It has not come to us as a surprise. We knew he had defected way back because he resigned his membership of the party which we've accepted. So, you can’t defect twice. So if he's defecting again, we don’t know whether what he has just done now's news any more .”

He said, “The truth is usually constant and regardless of how far falsehood travels, the reality will catch up with it at some point . Oshiomhole can fool people for an extended time but he cannot fool the people all the time. what's happening to him now's a flash of truth.”

Wike also expressed happiness with the defection of his Edo State counterpart.

Shortly after Obaseki joined the party, Wike tweeted an image of the embattled governor flashing a replica of the PDP’s constitution, with the caption, “Welcome to the @OfficialPDPNig.”

In  the same vein, Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, pledged to figure for Obaseki’s re-election.

The legislator of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu, also welcomed Obaseki to the PDP.

Edo APC faction rejects Uzodinma-led committee

during a related manner, a factional chairman of the APC in Edo State, Anslem Ojezua, on Friday rejected the Hope Uzodinma-led committee constituted by the National Working Committee of the party to conduct primary within the state.



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