…expresses optimism about getting Edo PDP guber ticket
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, says he’s confident of getting the governorship ticket of the People’s Democratic Party and win the September 19 governorship election in the state.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after his screening at the PDP National Secretariat on Saturday, in Abuja, the Edo governor said he was still enjoying the support of governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress and other critical stakeholders to win a second term.
Obaseki formally joined the PDP on Friday, following his exit from the ruling All progressives Congress.
He was granted waiver by the PDP National Working Committee to contest the party’s primary poll slated for Thursday.
The Edo governor, however, said he was sure that his colleagues in his former party, APC, would back his second term bid.
He said, “I still thank God that I enjoy national support not just support from my colleagues from the APC. I think the support is national. There are elder statesmen who are apolitical, there are traditional rulers. I have people from different spectrum of the society who come around to solidarize with me and support.
“I think Nigerians are generally fair-minded people. They are people who do not accept injustice. From what I have seen over the past several weeks and months, the support is just across the board. It is not just from APC governors alone.”
The governor is contesting against three other aspirants – Kenneth Imansuangbon, Omoregie-Ogbeide Ihama and Gideon Ikhine, but he said he was in touch with the three aspirants for peace to reign.
Obaseki said, “Well, I am not a dividing candidate. I am speaking with all the aspirants. My hope and purpose for the PDP is to have a united and very strong party.
“Party primary should not be divisive because we as a party are focused on the same objective and because we are separate individuals, our approaches may be different. So, party primary in my view should not be acrimonious and destructive.
“And there are common grounds, common interest and I am very hopeful that I will get it even as there are quite number of delegates for the exercise.”