- The PDP has postponed its governorship primary election in Edo state
- The party says the decision was taken due to exigencies of its activities
- The primary election earlier slated for Tuesday, June 23 will now be held on Thursday, June 25
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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has postponed its governorship primary election in Edo state for the second time in 24 hours.
The party had on Thursday, June 18 announced that the exercise initially scheduled for Friday, June 19 had been moved to Tuesday, June 23.
Now, the party has further moved the date back to Thursday, June 25.
Kola Ologbondiyan, the party’s spokesman, made the announcement on Friday, June 19.
“The NWC has further shifted the Edo state governorship primary from an earlier slated date of Tuesday, June 23 to a new date of Thursday, June 25, 2020. The shift is again predicated on exigencies of party activities,” Oogbodiyan, a former spokesman to Senator David Mark announced.
Political watchers say the move is geared towards fully accomodating Governor Godwin Obaseki into the party.
Interestingly, six months ago, the PDP described Governor Godwin Obaseki as a failure.
Dan Orbih, chairman of the PDP in Edo state, said during a press briefing: “The governor has not delivered on the 200,000 jobs he promised youths in Edo state.
“There is worsening insecurity, in spite of the huge amount of security vote he withdraws monthly.
“He should, henceforth, commence the support of security agencies in the state for efficiency and if he cannot, he should stop withdrawing or collecting security votes.”
In 2016, the PDP asked a Federal High Court to disqualify Obaseki because of alleged fake school certificate.
Experts say there is no difference between All Progressives Congress (APC) and PDP.
Both parties have been accused of not having any philosophy and just exist for the sake of grabbing power.
Some Nigerians have been demanding for a third force - a different party without the ideology of the two leading parties.
Meanwhile, as Governor Obaseki's chummy relationship with the PDP continues to blossom, his political rival and APC aspirant, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is currently battling to stay afloat politically.
Ize-Iyamu will know his fate on Thursday, June 25 as to whether the May 21 waiver granted him by the APC National Working Committee to contest the governorship election is valid.
Justice Emmanuel Ahamioje of the Edo state high court fixed the date on Friday, June 19 after the submissions of the counsel to the parties.
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