- The PDP in Edo will be screening Governor Godwin Obaseki ahead of the gubernatorial election
- The screening exercise will be conducted on Saturday, June 20, in Abuja
- This is coming barely a day after Obaseki defected to the opposition party in the state
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Things are truly moving smoothly for Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state who recently defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The latest PDP catch is preparing himself for screening ahead of the much-talked-about governorship election, the same process that led to his disqualification in the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to Austin Akobundu, the PDP's national organising secretary, the screening exercise for Obaseki will be conducted on Saturday, June 20, in Abuja, PM News reports.
Akobundu said that the"committee is mandated to screen all aspirants for the upcoming 2020 governorship election in Edo.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that hours after announcing his defection from the APC, Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu were granted a waiver by the PDP to contest for elective office on its platform.
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, had finally reacted to the developments in the state.
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.
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The rescheduled primary of the PDP would hold on June 23, a day after that of the APC which was 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.
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