Edo PDP primary: Obaseki good-to-go as Imasuagbon steps down


The only challenger of Governor Godwin Obaseki for the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State, Kenneth Imasuagbon, has stepped down few hours to the delegate election.

2, 229 party delegates thronged the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City in the early hours of Thursday but their work has now been made easier with the choice made by the philanthropist cum politician.

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Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama and Gideon Ikhine had stepped down for Obaseki, who defected to PDP from the All Progressives Congress (APC) last Friday before getting waiver by members of the National Working Committee (NWC) to contest in the primary.

Voting would go on nonetheless based on affirmation with Governor Obaseki now set to fly the PDP flag in the September 19 election.

Imansuagbon said he stepped down because of his desire to build a strong and united Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State just as he pledged to lead the campaign for the re-election of Obaseki.

He said though it was a painful decision for him and his supporters across the state and beyond, he refused to be “a spanner in the clog of the party.”

According to him, “It is a defining moment for the party and the Country. It is painful for me to submit my 16 years of trying to be governor.

“However, I needed to take it because of the unity of the party, because of the Nigerian nation as a country. The country, the party is far above me, the pressure was much. I cannot be a spanner in the clog of the party.

“The struggle is not about me anymore but about the Country, Edo and Obaseki himself are doing very well. So I have decided to step down for him and support him.

“Obaseki has assured me that all my dream for the state he will work on it; that he will tackle the issue of hunger, that he will identify with the weak, address the challenges on our roads, built more schools and make the people happier.

“Obaseki is a fine gentleman, there can only be one captain at a time.  I have always known him from afar. Humanity demands that a man who has done well, though he was distracted by APC and Oshiomhole, needs to be supported. Imasuagbon said it was good the governor took the decision to leave APC when he did. While noting that his political future is with God, he assured that PDP would emerge victorious in the September 19 poll.

“PDP will defeat APC with a landslide and I will lead the attack,” he said.