- Obaseki has been granted waiver to contest in PDP primary in Edo state
- Also, his deputy Philip Shaibu was also granted a waiver
- With this, both can contest elective office on the platform of the party
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Hours after announcing his defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu have been granted a waiver by the People Democratic Party (PDP) to contest for elective office on its platform.
Recall that Obaseki officially defected to the PDP on Friday, June 19, at the party's secretariat in Benin city, the Edo state capital.
Obaseki said he has become a member of the PDP in Edo state and in Nigeria generally, amid cheers and chanting of "4+4".
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that amid growing political tension in Edo state, the Benin monarch, Omo N’Oba Nedo Uku Akpolokpolo Oba Ewuare II, has finally reacted to the developments in the state.
The Nation reports that the monarch, according to a statement issued by the Benin place on Thursday, June 18, said he is opposed to imposition (consensus candidate) and godfatherism in the state.
Legit.ng gathered that the statement, signed by Frank Irabor, the secretary to the Benin Traditional Council, said there was no truth in social media speculations that the royal father had prevailed on some governorship aspirants to step down for one of the aspirants in the upcoming shadow poll of a certain political party.
The rescheduled primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would hold on June 23, a day after that of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which is slated for Monday, June 22.
The statement said the monarch’s prayer had always been that “God and our ancestors should give us a governor that will accord respect to traditional institution, develop this state and, provide food on the table for the masses.”
The statement warned against dragging the royal father into politics, insisting that the palace is warry of the imposition of candidates.
The Oba of Benin also admonished politicians, as they are preparing for their governorship primary elections, to exercise the highest standards of maturity and sportsmanship, stressing that the desire to bring about the best for the people of Edo state should not be compromised or sacrificed on the altar of intolerance, rumor-mongering and fake news.
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