The hopes of the embattled Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki to be returned as Governor was brightened Friday when the People Democratic Party (PDP) granted him waiver with his deputy, Philip Shaibu to contest the June 23 primary election.
The rule states that as a new member of the party, the governor needed to be given clearance before participating in the primary election.
The governor, who resigned from the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday, defected to the PDP earlier on Friday collecting his form at exactly 1315 hours.
When he addressed PDP members in Benin on Friday, Obaseki said he had found the energy “I require taking Edo to the next level.”
He also promised to provide the leadership that will lead the party to victory.
After picking his membership card, Shaibu expressed “my unalloyed loyalty to Edo people”, saying their calls for the governor and his team to join the PDP had been heard.
“Some of us believe in the people. We believe that the people must lead at all times. Because of that, we cannot afford to abandon this state for people like that. That is why we decided to abandon them in APC and join the PDP today,” he said.
Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki had welcomed Obaseki and his team to the PDP fold after Obaseki used Executive fiat to change Adams Oshiomhole Way to Bukola Saraki Way.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike was also on hand to receive the defecting APC members.
He had indicated interest to seek reelection on the platform of the APC but he was screened out of the race.
The APC screening committee for the governorship primary had disqualified Obaseki for presenting a “defective” certificate.
But the governor refused to file an appeal, accusing Adams Oshiomhole, suspended national chairman of the APC, of hijacking the process.