Obaseki Set To Clinch The PDP Governorship Ticket, To Kick Oshiomhole, APC, Out Of Edo State

By Post-Nigeria: October 25, 2019 10:25

Obaseki Set To Clinch The PDP Governorship Ticket, To Kick Oshiomhole, APC, Out Of Edo State

As part of the efforts to entice the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, to defect from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the main opposition party has adopted a no-zoning policy in picking the party’s Governorship Candidate in the State.
A former Governor of the State, Lucky Igbinedion, disclosed the no-zoning arrangement to Journalists, in Abuja, after the Edo State Chapter of the PDP met with the National Leadership of the party.
Igbinedion said that the idea behind a no-zoning system for the emergence of the Governorship Candidate and Chairman of the PDP in the State, is to throw up the best Candidates for the 2 positions.

He however, did not give details of the new arrangement.
It was gathered that the no-zoning policy is merely part of the horse-trading, ahead of the Governorship election in the State, to entice and ensure a smooth landing for the incumbent Governor to defect to PDP
A source privy to the meeting said: “The idea of a no-zoning for the emergence of the Governorship Candidate, is to avoid any protest or backlash that Edo South Senatorial District is dominating the production of Governors in the State. This is because, Lucky Igbinedion had governed the State for 8 years, from 1999 to 2007.
“Also, Professor Osunbor from Edo Central, was Governor briefly, before the Tribunal unseated him and enthroned Adams Oshiomhole. He is from Edo North. Ordinarily, it ought to be the turn of the Central Senatorial zone to produce the next Governor”, the source explained.
It was further gathered that this is the bait by the party to woo the incumbent Governor of the State to join the PDP.

The PDP at the meeting, was said to have adopted the zero-zoning option for both the Governorship Candidate and the State Chairman, as one of the measures to present a united party, ahead of the 2020 Governorship election in the State.
The source revealed that the measure is to woo Obaseki to its fold, stating that, the Governor or any other person would prefer a united party before defecting.
“There would be no need for him to come over to PDP, and meet a brick wall of ‘it is our turn and other problems’. Our meeting is to strengthen rough edges”, he said.
The meeting, which was held in a closed-door, at the party’s alternate office in Maitama, was presided over by the National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus.
The meeting was said to have agreed that the party in Edo State, must present a united party, to be attractive to others that may wish to defect.

Insiders within the PDP, said that one of the terms to attract Obaseki, is to ensure a united party with defined tenure of Office of the State party Executives.
“The Governor will not like a party where there would be in-fighting among members with his defection. So, the meeting is to spell out the terms and tenure of the present Executive. This is to clear the coast with future engagements, with those who wish to join the party in the State.”
Obaseki is in a battle with the National Chairman of the All APC, Adams Oshiomhole, over who gets the party’s Governorship ticket, in the 2020 Governorship election in the State.

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