- The race for the heart of Edo state has intensified among players across political parties
- Former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, has reportedly called Governor Godwin Obaseki
- Obaseki was called on Friday as plots thicken to woo the embattled Edo state governor to PDP
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With the door seems totally shut for Godwin Obaseki following his elimination from the All Progressive Congress primary in Edo state, topmost hierarchies of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have set the wheel on a fast lane to woe the embattled governor.
Legit.ng had reported that on Friday, Jonathan Ayuba-led APC screening committee gave Obaseki a red card out of the race for the ruling party's ticket over a "defective certificate," ending the specks of dust highlighting the internal unrest in the party
The governor, who vowed not to seek an appeal against his "unjust" disqualification, has now become a darling target for PDP which is already hinting at Obaseki's place should he decide to look the alternative way.
Former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has been reported to have called the embattled governor on Friday, June 12, asking him to join his party.
According to a report by The Cable, the former presidential candidate of the opposition party in the 2019 general elections, called the Edo governor and assured him of a soft landing which may come in form of a waiver.
A close associate to the Waziri of Adamawa confirmed the phone call between the two political leaders: “The Waziri is wooing Obaseki on behalf of PDP. He spoke with him yesterday and encouraged him to join the PDP.
“He also spoke to some of the PDP governors and urged them to give him a soft landing and access to the party.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that with Godwin Obaseki losing the first battle in his bid to take the control of the soul of Edo state for another four-year term, there is an indication that the governor may pitch his tent with another party ahead of state guber election.
Speaking on a radio programme "The Weekend Show’ on Africa Independent Television on Saturday, June 13, Aziegbemi said the governor is not the member of the party and may not contest under it.
He also explained that should the governor decide to defect to the opposition party, he may not be able to contest in the primary unless the national working committee of PDP grants him a waiver.
APC disqualifies Obaseki from Edo guber primaries |- on Legit TV