- It is not yet clear over who will become the candidate of PDP in Edo state amid conflicting lawsuits and the unfolding drama
- Governor Godwin Obaseki has described the judgement banning him from PDP primary as a slap on his right to association
- The governor maintained that the Federal High Court's judgement cannot stand
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Governor Godwin Obaseki has finally reacted to the lawsuit barring him from participating in the forthcoming Edo state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary election.
Legit.ng recalls that following a suit filed by one of the PDP aspirants in Edo state, a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt had stopped the opposition party from fielding in Governor Obaseki in its primary poll.
Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama who prayed to the Rivers court insisted that Obaseki did not purchase PDP form or undergo screening within the initial schedule.
Reacting to the claim through his media aide Crusoe Osagie, Obaseki said the verdict cannot stand because it is against his right to associate freely, BBC reports.
Obaseki said as long as he doesn't break the laws of the constitution, there is no reason his rights should be disrespected.
The governor also said that the waiver he was granted by the national working committee of the opposition party was in due process with the constitution.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Governor Obaseki is running out of time in his efforts to govern Edo state for another four years as there are indications that he might not be on the ballot box unless the roadblocks against him are cleared.
The governor joined the Peoples Democratic Party after falling down the pecking order with his former party, All Progressive Congress (APC).
The governor has now faced a tricky hurdle as two PDP frontline aspirants vying for the party ticket refused to step down.
Three aspirants had already been cleared by the party but Gideon Ikhine, a top hopeful, later stepped down for the governor after leaders of the party prevailed.
However, all efforts to convince Omoregie Ogbeide Ihama and Keneth Imasuagbon to take the same path were said to have hit a brick wall and all attempts have been made to end the governor's stint in PDP.
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