- Governor Godwin Obaseki has made his first statement after his defection to the PDP
- The new PDP member said that he will take the opposition party in Edo to victory in the coming gubernatorial election
- Obaseki boasted that he has all the needed support to take the PDP in the state to the next level of progress
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Hours after his defection, Governor Godwin Obaseki on Friday, June 19, expressed gratitude to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo state for its warm reception.
Speaking to PDP officials in Edo, Obaseki said that the love, goodwill, energy and support he observes in the party are what he needs to take it to victory in the governorship election, Channels TV reports.
The Edo governor made this remarks after the PDP granted him and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, a waiver ahead of the election.
Obaseki said that he is poised to take the party's chapter in Edo not only to victory, but also to the next level of progress and growth that will be unmatched in Nigeria.
He boasted: “I am prepared to provide leadership that will lead this party to victory. I am prepared to provide leadership that will not only put PDP into office in Edo State but as a ruling party in Edo state."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the defection of Obaseki to PDP had been described as insignificant, according to the spokesperson of the APC.
The spokesperson of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said on Friday, June 19, that Obaseki’s move to the PDP was expected.
"It has not come to us as a surprise. We knew he had defected long ago because he resigned his membership of the party which we have accepted," Issa-Onilu said.
Issa-Onilu pointed out that Obeseki joining the PDP is no longer news because he had already resigned from the APC.
“So you can’t defect twice. So if he is defecting again, we don’t know whether what he has just done now is news any longer,” Issa-Onilu reacted. Obaseki resigned from the APC after the party disqualified him from the June 22 governorship primary.
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