Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State who had earlier on Friday defected to the major opposition party Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the All Progressive Congress (APC) has picked the governorship form to contest in the PDP’s primary elections.
Apart from picking, filling and submitting a PDP membership form in his ward in Edo State, the governor has met other conditions, and the PDP is willing to give him the opportunity of seeking a second term on its platform.
Earlier, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) granted waiver to Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki to contest the Edo governorship election primary.
The PDP in a press statement said: “The action of the NWC is pursuant to Section 29(2)(b) of the PDP constitution and in exercise of the powers of the National Executive Committee (NEC) under Section (50)(3)(b) of the PDP constitution.
“The NWC in exercise of the above powers has ratified the application for waiver by the ward, local government and state executives of the party in Edo state and accordingly grants waiver to His Excellency Governor Godwin Obaseki to enable him contest the gubernatorial primary of the PDP.
“Also the NWC has further shifted the Edo state governorship primary from an earlier slated date of Tuesday, June 23 to a new date of Thursday June 25, 2020.
“The shift is again predicated on exigencies of party activities.”
Obaseki was disqualified from the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship primary scheduled for June 22. He resigned from the party, and now seeking his second term through the platform of the PDP.