The Edo state Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) following unresolved rift with the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
Obaseki who was disqualified from contesting the party’s governorship primary election slated for June 22, announced the decision to State House correspondents after meeting with the President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.
The Governor however debunked allegations that his credentials were not original.
With the resignation, it is clear that Obaseki will be announcing his membership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) where he has been lobbying top party leaders including former president Goodluck Jonathan and Governor of Rivers, Nyesome Wike for the governorship ticket of Edo State election scheduled for September.
On Friday last week, the Screening Committee led by Professor Jonathan Ayuba submitted its report to the party’s leadership after it screened Governor Obaseki who is seeking re-election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and four other aspirants.
Governor Obaseki and two others were screened out, but Ize-Iyamu and two other aspirants were cleared to participate in the primaries. Governor Obaseki was disqualified on the grounds that his HSC and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificates were “defective”.
The state chairman of the PDP, Tony Aziegbemi, who confirmed that Obaseki would join the party noted that the exact date is close.
Meanwhile, staunch PDP aspirant, Kenneth Imansuangbon, has vowed to resist any attempt to hand over the party’s ticket to Governor Obaseki ahead of the party’s governorship primary elections slated for this weekend.
Imansuangbon, popularly called ‘Rice man’ said the governor was welcomed to join the party, but would have to join the queue with other aspirants and face the primary.
“Any attempt to hand the party’s ticket to him would be met with serious resistance. Infact, there will be no PDP primary or whatever if the party’s leadership tries it.
“This is not a military coup nor are are we in military rule. The governor must subject himself to the party’s primary; he will need to queue with the other aspirants if he so wished to join, but certainly not handing him the ticket automatically.
“Have you heard before that somebody will join a party and within three days he will be given the ticket? Did he buy the party’s nomination form, was he screened?” Imansuangbon queried.