- Governor Godwin Obaseki said he would meet President Buhari after his disqualification by the APC
- The embattled governor said his new political move would be made public after his meeting with the president
- The report, however, has it that Obaseki may defect to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to seek succour
The next political move of the embattled governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki, after his disqualification by the governorship screening committee of All Progressives Congress (APC), may be made public sooner than expected.
Legit.ng reports that Obaseki's hope of getting APC's ticket to seek re-election in office was dashed on Friday, June 12, when Prof. Jonathan Ayuba-led committee declared him unfit for the party's primary based on the discrepancies on the certificates he submitted for the screening exercise.
Less than twenty-four hours after his disqualification, the main opposition party - the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a former Nigeria's vice president, Atiku Abubakar, have been wooing Obaseki to defect to the party.
Speaking on his next political move, Obaseki in a tweet on Sunday, June 14, said he would disclose his next step after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari following his ouster from the race.
Obaseki, who is seeking a second term in office, also said he is still consulting with his supporters.
The governor described his disqualification as an act of injustice.
He tweeted: “I appreciate the sustained show of solidarity, support and goodwill from Edo people and Nigerians in the face of injustice by the APC screening committee.
“I will be making my next move known after I complete consultations with my supporters and meet with President Muhammadu Buhari.”
The chairman of the screening committee, Ayuba, had said that Obaseki was disqualified over a “defective” certificate.
“In our view of the issues raised. We concluded that the higher school certificate was defective. The NYSC certificate – and the act of the aspirant taking the party to court – these are some of the issues we have attached and based on the party constitution this has made us to recommend that the above candidate thereby his excellency Godwin Obaseki is not eligible to participate in the governor,” he had said.
The APC national working committee later upheld Obaseki's disqualification, accusing the governor of also unduly interfering in the state legislature.
A report by the Nigerian Tribune indicates that Obaseki may settle for the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and contest under the platform during the September gubernatorial election in the state.
According to the report, Obaseki is in talks with SDP, adding that he and his supporters may soon join the party.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that if something urgent is done by the leadership of the party before the primary, APC may also suffer the fate it experienced in Zamfara state.
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