Some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, are reportedly making overtures to embattled Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki to join the party and continue his re-election bid.
Obaseki’s second term ambition on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, went up in smoke following his disqualification by a screening committee from contesting in the party’s primary on the grounds of alleged defect in his educational certificates.
The verdict believed to be a dire consequence of the governor’s feud with APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole has been upheld by the appeal committee.
However, Obaseki is not short of suitors with report that ex-Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has asked him to join the PDP and grab the governorship ticket.
Atiku is reportedly reaching out to chieftains of the party on the governor’s behalf.
“The Waziri (of Adamawa Emirate which Abubakar was turbaned in 2018) is wooing Obaseki on behalf of PDP. He spoke with him yesterday and encouraged him to join the PDP,” the source said.
“He also spoke to some of the PDP governors and urged them to give him a soft landing and access to the party,” the Cable quoted an unnamed source said to be closed to the 2019 PDP presidential candidate as saying.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and the two PDP Senators from Edo State, Clifford Ordia (Edo Central) and Urhoghide Aishagbonnriodion (Edo South) are behind the plot to give the governorship ticket to Obaseki, as per The nation.
“Sources said they facilitated the secret talks between Obaseki and some PDP governors and party leaders.
The secret talks were in anticipation of his disqualification by the APC Screening Committee,” the paper wrote.