- Godwin Obaseki's journey for another term as governor of Edo state is getting clearer
- Another major aspirant of the PDP has stepped down ahead of the party's governorship primary election
- Kenneth Imasuangbon has stepped down from the exercise for Governor Obaseki
It appears the road is now clear for Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, as another frontline aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kenneth Imasuangbon, has stepped down from the governorship primaries.
According to Vanguard, Obaseki is set to clinch the PDP governorship ticket after his fellow governorship aspirant stepped down a few hours to the primary election in Edo state.
Though about 2,229 party delegates gathered at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City on Thursday, June 25, voting would still go on.
Recall that Imasuangbon had vowed never to step down for anyone while appearing as a guest on Channels Television on Tuesday, June 23.
Imasuangbon, a prominent businessman and politician, had said on Monday, June 22, that Edo PDP will crumble if it imposes Obaseki on the party.
He declared: “Edo PDP will crumble if it imposes Obaseki on the people. I won't step down!”
Despite his outburst, some PDP stakeholders have been prevailing on Imasuagbon to step down for the governor.
This is coming a few days after Gideon Ikhine, stepped down from the governorship primaries for Governor 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.
Governor Obaseki, the PDP state party chairman, Dr. Tony Aziegbemi, and other party leaders from across the state were in attendance at the briefing. Ikhine said Governor Obaseki’s defection to the party was God’s great answer to the party and his aspiration.
He said he and his supporters had resolved to work with the governor to ensure that a better tomorrow is achieved in the state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a PDP governorship aspirant, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama explained why he instituted a court action to restrain Governor Obaseki from participating in the Edo governorship primary.
The aspirant in a statement on Wednesday, June 24, said though he remained loyal to the party, he was opposed to PDP’s nomination processes for the Edo governorship election.
He said after having been through thick and thin with the party, he was surprised that certain leaders in the party were trying to stop his ambition by all means. Ogbeide-Ihama alleged that PDP Edo primary process was bastardised by some party leaders.
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