The much-anticipated defection of Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took place on Friday in Benin, the state capital.
Obaseki was received at Edo Secretariat of PDP by National Vice Chairman, Southsouth of the party, Chief Emmanuel Ogidi, who was accompanied by Edo PDP chairman Dr. Tony Aziegbemi; members of the State Working Committee (SWC) and some chieftains of the party.
The reception of about ten minutes took place in Aziegbemi’s office.
But Obaseki declined to speak with reporters at the end of the ceremony.
The Governor was not accompanied by his deputy, Philip Shaibu but it was gathered he would be at the secretariat in Benin for formal defection later on Friday.
Obaseki, on Tuesday, resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) followed by Shaibu but PDP leaders are yet to approve the Deputy Governor’s request to be Obaseki’s running mate on the platform.
The three screened and cleared governorship aspirants of PDP in Edo Kenneth Imasuagbon, Gideon Ikhine and Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama have vowed not to step down for Obaseki.
They said they will slug it out at the primary where indirect mode would be used on June 23 at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin
Embattled Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki has joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He joined the opposition party at its State Secretariat in Benin.
The party confirms the development in a tweet on his official handle.
Governor Godwin Obaseki minutes ago finally made his long-awaited defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
His declaration for the party means the effective take-over of the state from the All Progressives Congress (APC) from which he resigned recently after being controversially disqualified from contesting the party’s forthcoming gubernatorial primary.
Obaseki had been disqualified from seeking reelection by the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) on the grounds that he possesses “defective qualifications.”
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