- Peter Esele, a friend of Governor Godwin Obaseki in the APC, has said that he has no intention of leaving the party
- Esele said that he is more interested in achieving the common objectives of the APC, despite lending a helping hand to Obaseki in his days of crisis
- The governor's ally stated that Obaseki has chosen his personal political path by joining the PDP
One of Governor Godwin Obaseki's powerful ally, Peter Esele, has said that he will never follow his friend to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Esele said that his resolve to remain in the All Progressive Congress (APC) was influenced by a desire to achieve common interest for the party, despite lending support to the governor in his time of crisis, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He maintained: “As for me and my house, we’re going nowhere. I will not be leaving the APC. I have openly supported Mr Obaseki on the ground that the crises he was engaged in affected the party as a whole.
"My stand is for the collective and not for the individual. While he has chosen to move on, I will remain and carry on working with the collective.”
Esele pointed out that he will remain in the ruling party in spite of the fact that Obaseki has chosen his own political path in the bid to retain the governorship seat.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that ahead of Edo state governorship election slated for September 19, the camp of Obaseki, the candidate of the PDP and his APC opponent, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, were reportedly engaging in a fresh face-off over sponsorship of thugs, cultists and other criminals.
Ize-Iyamu on Monday, July 20, at a news conference in Benin, through the publicity secretary of the APC in the state, Chris Azebamwan, alleged that Obaseki was not bothering about campaigns, but was recruiting, training and arming thugs, cultists and other criminals to disrupt the campaign and the election.
Legit.ng gathered that he said the PDP, represented by Obaseki, was beginning to go beyond acceptable means and measures for the election.
Ize-Iyamu alleged: “We are sure you are all aware that the governorship election is only a few weeks away, and for this reason, parties who are partakers in the contest are strategising and developing means to secure victory at the polls."
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