- Governor Yahaya Bello has shared his thoughts on forthcoming Edo state governorship election
- The Kogi state governor is confident that APC will win the election
- Governor Bello, however, sympathised with his Edo state counterpart, Godwin Obaseki for his maltreatment by the party
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has stated that the exit of his Edo state counterpart, Godwin Obaseki from the All Progressives Congress (APC) is painful.
The Kogi governor, however, said he is confident that the party will win the governorship election in Edo slated for September in spite of Obaseki's recent departure to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Governor Bello made the statement in Abuja on Monday, June 22 while speaking to state house correspondents at the presidential villa, Aso Rock.
The governor was in Nigeria's seat of power with his colleagues from the north-central region.
He said that the power of incumbency will not guarantee victory for Obaseki, adding that Nigerians have witnessed incumbent leaders defeated during elections.
His words: “APC is going to win Edo state. But unfortunately, I really felt the leaving of my colleague, His Excellency, Governor Godwin Obaseki, in whatever circumstance to another political party; it is painful anyway, but as a political party we are going to take it back.”
Governor Bello's comment was made on the same day a frontline aspirant of the PDP in Edo state, Mr Gideon Ikhine, stepped down from the governorship primaries for Obaseki.
Ikhine, a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), announced his decision on Monday, June 22 at his campaign secretariat in the state capital, Benin.
He said Governor Obaseki’s defection to the party was God’s great answer to the party and his aspiration.
Due to Ikhine's decision, Governor Obaseki is now favourite to clinch the PDP's governorship ticket in Edo state.
Governor Obaseki's chances have also become brighter after he met with key stakeholders within the party.
The governor met with his Rivers and Akwa Ibom counterparts last weekend and later met with the PDP national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.
Governor Obaseki has also gotten solidarity messages from prominent PDP stakeholders like Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Senators Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu.
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