Edo Guber Poll: PDP Screens Gov. Obaseki For Primary Election

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Ahead of its primary election scheduled to hold on Thursday, June 25, the PDP on Saturday screened Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki, a new entrant vying for the party’s ticket to contest the Sept. 19 governorship poll.

The governor visited the party’s secretariat in Abuja to appear before the PDP Edo State Gubernatorial Screening Committee.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after he was screened by the Kingsley Chinda-led screening committee, Obaseki commended the party for the exercise, and expressed optimism that he would secure the PDP ticket.

“The screening exercise was fair and professional; I saw objectivity in it.”

The committee had screened three aspirants – Gideon Ikhine, Ogbeide Ihama, and Kenneth Imansuangbon.

Obaseki said he was not a divisive candidate, adding that he was “speaking with all the aspirants”.

“My hope and purpose for the PDP is to have a united and very strong party.

“Party primary should not be divisive because we, as a party, are focused on the same objective, but because we are individuals, our approaches may be different.

“So, party primary, in my view, should not be acrimonious and destructive. There are common grounds, common interests and I am very hopeful that I will get it even as there are quite a number of delegates for the exercise,” he said.

Asked of the credentials he presented to the committee, Obaseki said: “I presented all my certificates, my secondary school, higher school, university and my National Youth Service certificate, so that they can look at them and see if there are inconsistencies.

“You can ask the screening committee if there are any inconsistencies in any of them,” Obaseki said.

Also asked if he still enjoyed the sympathy of All Progressives Congress (APC) governors, Obaseki said he enjoyed national support, not just support from his colleagues from the APC.

“There are elder statesmen who are apolitical; there are traditional rulers; I have people from different spectrum of the society who come around on solidarity with me.

“I think Nigerians are generally fair minded people. They are people who do not accept injustice. From what I have seen over the past several weeks and months, the support is just across the board. It is not just from APC governors alone,” he said.

Obaseki, however, urged political parties, who were wooing him to their parties, to support his aspiration under the PDP platform.

I believe they made overtures to me because they believe that we share something in common; that there is something I can offer their platform.

“So, my message is that those hopes and aspirations which they were hoping for, which was the reasons they wanted me to join their parties, can still be realised under the platform of the PDP.

“I will encourage them and woo them to join me in the PDP,” he said.

The PDP had fixed June 19 and 20 to conduct the exercise but shifted the date to June 23, and later June 25.

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