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Edo guber: Obaseki faces stiff resistance in PDP

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Things are not yet at ease for the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) new bride and governor of Edo State Godwin Obaseki ahead of governorship primaries slated for June 26.

The National National Working Committee of PDP penultimate week granted a waiver for Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Mr. Philip Shaibu to secure PDP ticket which in their estimation should be hitchfree.

Having been screened and cleared though, the APC defector was embraced with youth and women in the PDP protesting against the choice of Obaseki to three other aspirants who have vowed to go the whole hug against the counsels of the party’s highest organ.

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Protesting, the PDP Youths for Justice, in a statement by its coordinator, Musa Kadiri, lamented how the party failed to reward loyalty, and, instead, is fishing for opportunities.

According to him, the three aspirants already screened before Obaseki hopped in – Ken Imasuagbon, Gideon Ikhine and Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama – are capable of defeating any candidate the APC would present.

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Kadiri warned that the PDP might witness implosion if Obaseki got the ticket.

“We, the youths on ground in Edo know that the PDP has positioned itself to win the forthcoming gubernatorial election. We do not need Obaseki who is chased out of the APC based on questionable credentials,” he said.

Protesters raised Obaseki’s academic credentials and affidavit issues which they feared might spark legal fireworks.

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In Egor Local Government, the PDP women wing insisted that the party does not need Obaseki.

Mrs. Imuwahen Osasu said the election provided another opportunity to reward those that have been loyal to the party for over 12 years that the party has been out of power in the state.

Earlier, Imasuegbon, one of the aspirants, has vowed he will not take it sitting down if Obaseki arm-twists the party to get the ticket.

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