- Edo government may have confirmed Governor Godwin Obaseki's possible defection from the ruling party APC
- A report on the state government's website hinted at "impending mass defection" from APC by the embattled governor and his supporters
- The report also claimed that Governor Obaseki had a "marathon meeting" with stakeholders in the state following his disqualification
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With Governor Godwin Obaseki moving closer towards a shock decision over his re-election aspiration, Edo government has hinted at a possible mass defection in the state.
Legit.ng recalls that the embattled governor was on Friday, June 12, axed out of the race for All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship ticket over alleged "defective certificate."
Governor Obaseki has since become a darling target for the state opposition parties including Action Democratic Party (ADP) but Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is likely to be his next political destination.
Amid mounting speculation that the governor may give another political platform a shot following his "unjust" elimination from the APC ticket race, Edo government has hinted at "impending mass defection" from APC.
In a news published on the Edo state government's website titled "Edo Guber: Mass Exodus Looms In APC As Obaseki Gets Nod To Dump Party, " the report confirmed anxiety in Edo APC over Obaseki's likely defection.
“Members of the Obasaki camp in the party implored the governor to move to any other platform to seek his second term ambition in the September governorship poll," the report claimed, adding that Governor Obaseki had a "marathon meeting" with his followers and stakeholders.
It would be recalled that PDP, while reacting to the disqualification of the governor, declared its readiness to receive the governor should he decide to defect from the ruling APC ahead of the oncoming election scheduled for September.
Edo PDP chairman, Tony Aziegbemi, also explained that should the governor decide to defect, he may not be able to contest in the primary unless the national working committee of PDP granted him a waiver.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Governor Obaseki on June 14, visited Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state.
Wike who received the embattled governor at the state Government House, Port Harcourt disclosed this in a tweet.
Obaseki's visit to Rivers state came after the former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, was reported to have called the embattled governor on Friday, June 12, asking him to join his party.
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