. Edo gov set to emerge party’s candidate
Few hours to the governorship primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State on Thursday, frontline aspirant, Hon. Kenneth Imasuagbon stepped for Governor Godwin Obaseki.
With this development, Governor Obaseki is now set to clinch the PDP governorship ticket in Edo.
Imasuabgon had on Wednesday said he would rather die than allow Governor Obaseki to have the governorship ticket of the party in the state.
First News had earlier reported that some PDP governors had mounted pressure on the aspirant to back down and allow Governor Obaseki to emerge the party’s governorship candidate for the September 19 poll in the state.
The PDP governors’ negotiations with Imasuabgon was said to have delayed the commencement of the party primaries earlier scheduled for 8:00am on Thursday.
The task before the 2, 229 party delegates, who thronged the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City in the early hours of Thursday has now been made easier with the decision made Imausagbon to step down for Governor Obaseki.
Two other aspirants, Gideon Ikhine and Hon. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama had earlier put their aspirations on hold in support of the Edo governor.
But voting will still go on to affirm Governor Obaseki as the PDP standard bearer in the September 19 election.