POLITICS

Edo 2020: PDP likely to provide platform for Obaseki

By Lubem Gena

Indication has emerged that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) may be willing to open its door for Governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki to contest the gubernatorial election billed to take place on 22nd June, 2020.

PDP hinted that it is willing to admit him into its fold if he decides to join the main opposition party.

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, disclosed this to newsmen on Friday evening while responding to media enquiries.

Asked if the PDP was ready to admit the governor into its fold, Ologbondiyan said: “Yes, we will accept him of course”.

The party spokesman however said Obaseki had yet to approach the PDP for membership as at Friday evening.

Asked if the PDP would offer its Edo State governorship ticket to Obaseki if he joins the party, Ologbondiyan said the governor won’t get automatic ticket, News Headquarter checks has shown.

“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.

Three aspirants seeking the PDP ticket for the Edo election had already been screened, signaling the close of nominations.

There have been grapevines on Friday indicating that the PDP had envisaged Obaseki’s eventual defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition party had prepared ahead for him.

A party source hinted the eventual winner of the PDP ticket might be persuaded to withdraw from the race for Obaseki on agreed terms.

The leadership of the PDP has always maintained that it would not hesitate to grant waivers to new entrants to contest elections, even on the day they joined the party.

Governor Obaseki was on Friday disqualified from seeking re-election on the platform of the APC as he was screened out by the party’s screening committee.

The Governor has said that he would not appeal the decision.

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