The People Democratic Party(PDP) has debunked insinuations that the party has accepted Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki as its elected candidate for the state’s gubernatorial election.
This was announced by the party’s national Secretary for public relations Kola Ologbondiyan, speaking to Globalgistng.com journalists on phone.
He said the primary election scheduled for Tuesday was an open contest among contenders, adding that the party would not pressure any candidate to resign.
He said that Governor Obaseki’s transition to the PDP would not create any split in the state, adding that leadership in the PDP is linked to the collegial system.
We do not have a structure where one person would say that I am an automatic leader. What we have is a collegial system. People consult at various levels of the PDP leadership.
“In our party, we respect our governors very much. The governors have their own opinions on every issue that we put to the collegiate leadership, and once they agree with it, there is no question.”
One of the contenders for governorship of the party, Kenneth Imasuen, insisted that he will not resign from his post as Governor of Obaseki during the primaries.
“If anyone should give way to another, it’s Obaseki.”
Imasuagbon added that he has been working on his gubernatorial project for the past 16 years and therefore will not give it up “in just 24 hours” because of Obaseka.
Meanwhile, even before Obaseki’s defection, the PDP checked and released Imasuagbon, Gideon Ikhain and Ogbeide Ihama to participate in the primaries that were supposed to be held last weekend.
However, Obaseki’s transition to the PDP forced the party’s leadership to postpone the primaries for three days.
Saharan journalists found that Obaseki’s meeting with key PDP leaders and three candidates for the governorship on Saturday evening ended in a stalemate.
Delta state Governor Ifeanyi okowa, Sokoto state Governor Aminu Tambuwal and rivers state Governor Nyesom wike are said to be doing their best to get Obaseki a PDP ticket.
It was reported that the governors had arrived in Benin, the capital of Edo state, to persuade the three candidates for the post of Governor to resign in the General interests of the party.
A reliable source told Globalgistng.com journalists that the governors will hold another meeting with the candidates this evening, which will determine the fate of Obaseki.