…As APC Says It’s Not Surprised
The governor made the announcement on Friday at the Party’s Secretariat in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
Revealing via his confirmed Twitter handle, the governor wrote, “I have officially joined the @OfficialPDPNig to advance my ambition to seek re-election as Governor of Edo State.
“I, as always, remain committed to engendering good governance and sustainable development of our dear state.”
Also, the PDP announced the defection on its verified Twitter handle, saying, “The Governor of Edo State, H. E. Governor Obaseki has defected to our great Party, the @OfficialPDPNig. The declaration was made this afternoon at the state Secretariat of our party in Benin city, Edo State. Power to the people.”
In the video that accompanied the tweet, Obaseki made his declaration to all Nigerians “within the state and across the country to become a member of PDP.”
It was earlier reported that the National Working Committee of the Party considered waivers for the governor while it postponed its primary election scheduled for June 19 and June 20.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan, in a telephone interview with our correspondent, said, “The NWC of the party has postponed the Edo State governorship primary election earlier scheduled for Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20, 2020, to a new date of Tuesday, June 23, 2020. This decision is predicated on the exigencies of party activities.”
Obaseki, who recently dumped the All Progressives Congress following his disqualification from its primary election, had recently met with some PDP governorsto perfect his defection plan.
According to the Independent National Electoral Commission, the governorship election in the state is slated for September 19.
APC reacts to Obaseki’s defection to PDP
The All progressives Congress (APC) says the decision by Governor Godwin Obaseki to defect to the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) did not come to it as a surprising development.
Spokesperson of the APC, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu gave the reaction while speaking with journalists in Abuja.
“It has not come to us as a surprise. We knew he had defected long ago because he resigned his membership of the party which we have accepted,” Issa-Onilu said.
“So you can’t defect twice. So if he is defecting again, we don’t know whether what he has just done now is news any longer.”