- Ahead of the Edo state governorship election, 35 political parties have merged with the PDP
- The merge with other parties is a move for PDP to defeat the APC in September
- The registered and de-registered political parties pledged their support for Godwin Obaseki
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The political battle in Edo state ahead of the gubernatorial election in September is getting stronger as other political parties have merged with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a bid to gain the heart of the state.
According to Channels TV, 35 registered and de-registered political parties partnered with the opposition party to give its governorship candidate, Godwin Obaseki, another shot as the governor of Edo state.
The political parties including Social Democratic Party (SDP), Kowa Party, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), United Progressive Party (UPP), and others pledged their support to the PDP and Obaseki for a second term.
Collins Oreruan, the chairman of the SDP, speaking on behalf of the group on Friday, July 17, said that the party's decision to merge with PDP was to ensure Obaseki gets his second term bid.
Oreruan also appealed to PDP to include SDP in the main campaign organisation for the gubernatorial election.
Recall that the embattled governor of Edo state finally defected to the PDP on Friday, June 19, at the party's secretariat in Benin city, the Edo state capital, a few days after APC disqualified him from its governorship primary.
After leaving the APC, Obaseki had met with leaders of the PDP, a development that fueled speculations about his impending defection to the lead opposition party.
In the video shared by the PDP in its official Twitter page, Obaseki said he has become a member of the PDP in Edo state and in Nigeria generally, amid cheers and chanting of "4+4".
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Governor Obaseki who also tweeted about his official defection to the PDP via his official Twitter page said: "I have officially joined the PDP to advance my ambition to seek re-election as Governor of Edo State."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the National Campaign Council of the PDP for Edo gubernatorial election has resolved to work towards Governor Obaseki's victory.
Members of the council, during their closed-door meeting in Rivers state on Wednesday, July 15, concluded that Obaseki has a lot of edges over other candidates eyeing the governorship seat.
The high-profile meeting was presided over by the chairman of the campaign council for the Edo election, Governor Nyesom Wike.
Other PDP governors and bigwigs who were present at the meeting were Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri (Adamawa) and Seyi Makinde (Oyo).
Similarly, the ruling APC campaign monitoring sub-committee of the national campaign council for Edo state governorship election on Thursday, July 16, met to strategize over the September 19 governorship election in the state.
The meeting, which took place at the national secretariat of the party, lasted for about 45 minutes before it was moved to an undisclosed venue in the capital city.
In attendance at the meeting were the chairman of the sub-committee and Imo governor, Hope Uzodinma, who is also the deputy chairman of the national campaign council; the deputy Senate president, Ovie Omo-Agege and Professor Julius Ihonvibere among others.
The party's flagbearer, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and his running mate, Gani Audu, were also in attendance. The committee members and Ize-Iyamu failed to speak to newsmen.
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