PDP Candidates Refuse to Step Down for Obaseki

Edo State, Nigeria – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Edo state level has so far failed to convince the three of its gubernatorial candidate aspirants for the upcoming state-wide election to step aside for the current Edo State Governor who switched camp from the All Progressive Congress (APC), Godwin Obaseki, ahead of their primaries.

The three persons who are all men vying to lead the party are Gideon Ikhine, Ogbeide-Ihama and Kenneth Imasuagbon.

Obaseki’s decision to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) for PDP, has changed the complexion of the game. Obaseki defected to the opposition party along with his deputy, Hon. Philip Shuaibu.

The PDP planned to hold its primary just this past weekend, but plans changed and it has now been postponed to tomorrow Tuesday the 23rd of June, because of the new developments.

Ahead of the primary, Obaseki has held meetings with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state; Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Aminu Tambuwal and the Governor of Rivers State Nyesom Wike, allegedly to strategise on how to secure the party’s candidature ticket to run in his state.

It is however revealed that a meeting which came off on Saturday night between the key PDP party leadership and the three governorship aspirants who were running before Obaseki switched carpets ended in a deadlock.

Imasuagbo, Ogbeide-Ihama and Ikhine have so far sttod their grounds and refused to be yield to heavy pressure from leadership and other corners.

“Yes, there is pressure from them. But it is not about pressure, but about doing the right thing in line with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, due process and the Electoral Act. It is disappointing and a big shame in Edo State and the entire nation and it portends danger for the country and the party. Nigerians should rise up against what is happening. We are not in the jungle; it is not a do-or-die affair, but about the process. It is totally unacceptable,” Imasuagbon said.

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