- Governor Obaseki has finally defected to the PDP
- The Edo state governor made the official declaration on Friday, June 19, in Benin city
- Obaseki dumped the APC days after the party disqualified him from its governorship primary
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Godwin Obaseki, the embattled governor of Edo state, has finally defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Obaseki officially defected to the PDP on Friday, June 19, at the party's secretariat in Benin city, the Edo state capital.
In the video shared by the PDP in its official Twitter page, Obaseki said he has become a member of the PDP in Edo state and in Nigeria generally, amid cheers and chanting of "4+4".
Recall that the Edo state governor left the All Progressives Congress (APC) days after the party disqualified him from its governorship primary.
After leaving the APC, Obaseki had been met with leaders of the PDP, a development that fueled speculations about his impending defection to the lead opposition party.
Governor Obaseki has also tweeted about his official defection to the PDP via his official Twitter page.
"I have officially joined the PDP to advance my ambition to seek re-election as Governor of Edo State.
I, as always, remain committed to engendering good governance and sustainable development of our dear state," he tweeted.
On Thursday, June 18, the Edo state PDP chairman, Tony Azegbemi, declared that Governor Obaseki had already registered with the opposition party and his membership card was ready.
Azegbemi said the Edo state governor would join the PDP when he returned from Abuja.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Adams Oshiomhole, the suspended chairman of the APC, described Obaseki's exit from APC as “good riddance to bad rubbish".
The suspended APC chairman also vowed that the ruling party will go to court due to the discrepancies in Obaseki's certificate should PDP field in the governor as its flagbearer in the forthcoming election.
“Fortunate enough, it was the PDP that exposed him in 2016. PDP filed a case at the Federal High Court amplifying every forgery segments in his certificate. APC just managed to escape that because PDP filed out of time and the case was struck out.
“Now, the case has life, so, when they field him, we will be at the court to adopt what PDP filed before the court against him with additional evidence we now have against him. So, we can’t wait to have PDP field him as their candidate," Oshiomhole said.
Meanwhile, Nigerians, via a social media post by Legit.ng had earlier advised Governor Obaseki on what to do after his disqualification by the APC.
Many cautioned the Edo state governor from defecting to the PDP while others said joining the lead opposition party is the best move for him.
Daniel Ajayi said he would advise Obaseki to remain in APC despite his disqualification.
Ajayi said: "I would advice him to remain in APC! Reason, he should study the case of Ameka Uwosu at supreme court that you can't be a candidate of two different political party in one election.
"Going by this judgment he cannot be a governor through PDP or any other party in this context. He's already a contestant in APC having purchased expression of interest and also undergone screening. He should be wise!"
In his own reaction, Olonitola Felix Crystal said he would advise the Edo state governor to "be careful with any party he finally joins".
"I will tell him to be careful with any party he finally joins, because everyone already knows he has a missing 'i'. The day he tries what he did with Oshiomole, the party will remind him of his missing 'i'. Obasek is not Obaseki. Be warned," Crystal commented.
"If he decides to run on another platform, he should just settle for his 3 credit o' level result. Using any of the higher and defective 'certificates' will certainly backfire."
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