EDO STATE: The embattled Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has said that he would be making his next move known officially, after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Obaseki who made this known through his titter handle on Sunday, June 14, 2020 tweeted: “I appreciate the sustained show of solidarity, support, and goodwill from Edo people and Nigerians, in the face of injustice by the @OfficialAPCNg Screening Committee. I will be making my next move known, after I complete consultations with my supporters and meet with @MBuhari.”
It was highly rumoured that Governor Obaseki has defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC), to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Friday, June 12, 2020, after the APC Screening Committee disqualified him from the party’s Governorship primary election in Edo State, holding on June 22, 2020.
While other consultations are still going on in the PDP, to finalise on what basis the party’s ticket will be handed over to the Governor Obaseki, with possible waivers and privileges, he is yet to announce his defection personally and officially.
Obaseki’s failure to officially announce his defection yet, is however, seen as a sign of respect; that he meets with President Buhari, who is a leader of the party, before making his defection official to the public.
Recall, Governor Obaseki met with Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, who is a leader of his new party, the PDP, on Sunday, June 14, 2020. He has also been consulting with other PDP leaders, including a former Vice President and Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, respectively.
In another development, Godwin Obasek, has met with the Governor of Akwa Ibom state and PDP chieftain, Emmanuel Udom, shortly after meeting Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike on Sunday.
These meetings are coming a day after an APC screening committee disqualified Obaseki from contesting in the party’s gubernatorial primaries scheduled to hold on June 22, 2020.
However, the agenda of the meeting with the PDP governors were not revealed to the public, but Gov. Obaseki is believed to be on consultations with them to possibly join the party in order to contest for a second term.
The APC screening committee disqualified Obaseki over his inability to sort out discrepancies in his HSC and NYSC certificates.