The Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo, Tony Aziegbemi,
says there will be no automatic ticket for Governor Godwin Obaseki in
The All Progressives Congress (APC) screening committee had, on Friday,
disqualified Mr Obaseki and two others from contesting the party’s
primary, scheduled for June 22.
NAN also reports that Mr Obaseki has reportedly been making plans to
dump APC for the opposition PDP, ahead of the party’s primaries.
In a telephone interview with NAN on Monday in Benin, Mr Aziegbemi said
“I can confirm to you that the governor, his deputy and the entire APC
structure in the state will be joining PDP soon.
“We have been in touch in the last few days; by tomorrow, I will be able
to confirm the exact date he will be joining, along with his team.
“However, I am not yet aware that the governor has obtained our party’s
membership card. I can also say that there is no automatic ticket in the
offing for him at all,” he told NAN.
Similarly, a governorship aspirant of the PDP, Ken Imasuagbon, has said
he is prepared for open contest, provided his opponents will be ready to
subject themselves to the party’s rules and regulations.
Mr Imasuagbon said he was averse to Mr Obaseki’s planned move to join
the party, but added that he would resist any attempt to hand over the
party’s ticket to him, preparatory to the governorship election slated
for September 19.
He said Mr Obaseki will have to join the queue, just like other
aspirants, and go through the party’s primaries, billed for June 19 and
“Any attempt to hand the party’s ticket to him will be met with serious
resistance. In fact, there will be no PDP primaries or whatever if the
party’s leadership tries it.
“This is neither a military coup nor military rule; the governor must subject himself to the party’s primaries.
“He will need to queue with the other aspirants, if he wishes to join
the race. But we will certainly resist handing him over the ticket
“Have you heard before that somebody will join a party and within three
days, he will be given the ticket? Did he buy the party’s nomination
form? Was he screened?” he queried.