- The deputy governor of Edo state, Philip Shaibu, has expressed confidence in his boss Governor Godwin Obaseki
- Shaibu declared that Obaseki would win any form of primary election in Edo state even with short notice
- The deputy governor also said the performance of the administration was sufficient to guarantee victory at any poll
Philip Shaibu, the deputy governor of Edo state has declared that his boss Governor Godwin Obaseki even with just 24-hour notification would win any form of primary election in the state.
The deputy governor while expressing confidence in Obaseki said the administration’s performance in office was sufficient to guarantee victory at any poll even with short notice.
Shaibu revealed this in a statement by Benjamin Atu, his special assistant on media, issued in Abuja.
However, the deputy governor said that the Obaseki administration would prefer that the All Progressives Congress (APC) conducted an indirect mode of primary election.
He explained that in view of the precautionary guidelines and directives, put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state, this would be the only appropriate method.
He maintained that though Obaseki owed Edo state the responsibility of safeguarding the people, he will not relinquish such an important decision for others to decide for him.
Shaibu also added that if the election was to be held the next day, the Edo state governor would win.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Governor Obaseki sent a stay clear message to the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
He asked the chairman to stay clear of the party’s primary for election of governorship candidate on June 22.
He disclosed this after submitting his nomination form at the national secretariat. He said it would be unfair of Oshiomole to be part of the process as a vested interest.
He added that it is against natural justice for a man to be a judge in his own case.
Similarly, the governor of Edo state has foreclosed defecting to another party to pursue his second term ambition despite opposition to his reelection bid by his predecessor and national chairman of the APC and other chieftains from the state.
Obaseki said on Tuesday, June 2, in Abuja, that no matter the challenges, he would contest the forthcoming governorship election on the platform of the APC.
The governor said that “when the going gets tough, the tough get going,” explaining that “the war has become very tough,” but “men would be separated from the boys.”
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