Obaseki romances Wike, others as defection plot reaches final stage


Embattled Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki has met with the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike ahead of his planned defection to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Obaseki who was disqualified from the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election in the state has been at loggerhead with the National Chairman of his soon to be former party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. He was disqualified for taking the party to court amongst other issues.

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Though detail of the meeting is sketchy, Obaseki has been seen recently fraternizing with top PDP Chieftains at the state and national level weighing his options in the party. Obaseki may have ran to Wike to help perfect his move to the PDP and emerge as the party’s sole candidate for the coming election in Edo State.

Obaseki’s interest to fly the flag of the PDP is already tearing the party apart as prominent leaders of the party are resisting the offer on the grounds that it would not help party discipline.

Some old members are said to be angry at what they see as preferential treatment for Obaseki in the race for the governorship ticket. They are worried that the allegations which cost Obaseki the APC ticket may work against the PDP in the event that he emerges as the party’s candidate.

Top PDP members including former President Goodluck Jonathan and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar are rooting for Obaseki to cross over to the party.

Meanwhile Obaseki has disclosed that he will make his next political moves known after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Obaseki, via his Twitter handle on Sunday said: “I appreciate the sustained show of solidarity, support and goodwill from Edo people and Nigerians in the face of injustice by the @OfficialAPCNg screening committee,” he wrote.

“I will be making my next move known after I complete consultations with my supporters and meet with @MBuhari.”