As the ruling, All Progressives Congress has disqualified Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki from contesting again for the number one seat in the state ahead of the party’s primary election, here is the latest update from the actions taken by the party.
You have now become beggars, Wike mocks NGF
Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, has described the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) as a toothless bulldog, saying the governors had turned beggars since APC took over the leadership of the forum in 2015.
While noting that before 2015, the Governors’ Forum used to be very powerful, the governor said APC killed it because they were protecting the interest of the ruling party.
Wike is reacting to the visit of Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki to the state after being disqualified. The visit is reported to be part of moves for him to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and contest under the opposition party for the second time.
“During of one of the rerun elections in this state, my security aides were withdrawn, thus exposing me to danger; the forum did not say anything because the chairman was a member of the APC.
He, therefore, stated that the people of Edo State must say no to such impunity done in Rivers State in 2010, adding that Oshiomhole should apologize to the Edo people for campaigning for Obaseki four years ago, which he now said has a defective certificate.
Obaseki’ll soon join us, no automatic ticket, says Edo PDP chairman
The chairman of the Edo State chapter of PDP, Tony Aziegbemi, has confirmed that Obaseki and other top officials of the APC would soon join his party.
Aziegbemi, however, said the governor would not be given an automatic ticket to fly the party’s flag as other aspirants had shown interest in the same position that will be contested for during its governorship primary scheduled for June 19 and 20.
In a telephone interview with Punch on Monday, Aziegbemi said Governor Obaseki would have to go through the laid down rules of the party when he eventually defects.
“We have been in touch in the last few days; by tomorrow (today), I will be able to confirm the exact date he will be joining with his team.”
Obaseki: Ganduje warns APC against repeat of Bayelsa incident
Kano Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has expressed support in the disqualification of Obaseki from the June 22 primaries in order to avoid a repeat of Bayelsa election.
While speaking with reporters on Monday, Ganduje said what matters at the moment is the legal implications of the likely outcome of the exercise.
“As far as Edo is concerned, we are worried about the legality of our action. We believe the national headquarters of our party is doing all it takes to stay in the right course.
“We are conscious of legal implications, we don’t want to overlook anything that will turn to be our albatross, the issue of Bayelsa state where we won an election and taken away is still fresh in our memory.”\
Dankwambo supports Obaseki for second term
Former Gomber governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo has expressed support for Obaseki saying one good term deserves another.
Dankwambo, a PDP stalwart stated this via his Twitter page in relation to the present row between the governor and hos part, APC that has disqualified him from contesting the party primary election.
“I Support my brother and friend, Governor Godwin Obaseki for the second term. One good turn deserves another,” he tweeted.