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Edo 2020: I still have the support of some APC members – Obaseki



Despite the political crisis in Edo State, the state Governor, Godwin Obaseki has said that some members of his former party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) still supports him.

The governor, who stated this after his governorship screening at the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abuja on Saturday, also revealed that he is in talk with other PDP governorship aspirants who are aggrieved, especially Mr. Kenneth Imansuangbon, who was against against his screening by the party.

Speaking further he noted that the same certificates for which he was disqualified by the APC, were the ones he presented to the PDP screening committee without any issue.

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 spectra of the society who come around in solidarity with me and they support me because I think Nigerians are generally fair minded people.

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“There are people who do not accept injustice. From what I have seen over the past several weeks and months, the support is across board. It is not just from APC governors alone.”

Speaking on Imansuangbon’s objection he state governor said, “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 approach 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 (ticket) even as there are quite a number of delegates for the exercise.”

Also speaking on why he left the APC, Obaseki said there is no ideological difference between the party and PDP.

“My experience is that having served four years as a governor, I don’t see that ideological divide. It doesn’t exist. I think the focus for me is development.

“Whether you are a conservative or a progressive, it is expected that the outcome should be development.

“And unfortunately, I got a bit confused in the APC . At some point, I was being accused of not sharing the money.

“When we were campaigning against PDP, we said that the problem there was that they were sharing the money. So for me, it cannot be about ideology.

“At this point in time, it is important that I will provide strong and correct leadership, provide a direction for the country and for our people, provide the basic amenities that they need – education, health care, good infrastructure.

“These are the things that our people are yearning for. These are the things that we are doing in Edo State today.

“So as a progressive or as a conservative, my ideology is about the people: getting the people to enjoy the benefits of democracy”, Obaseki explained.

Yusuf Luka, is a journalist by profession with few years of experience, I am also a graduate of Bingham University. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking with friends, Reading books, and Watching movies. Let's connect on social media.