It is not a surprise to Nigerian Newsnow hearing the report of the Resignation of Godwin Obaseki, the governor of Edo state from APC membership. What do you expect after he was screened out four days ago and declared unfit to participate in the APC primary election ahead of the September 19 governorship poll in Edo State?
According to The Cable, Obaseki had met with President Muhammadu Buhari today Tuesday, June 16 before announcing his decision. Speaking with journalists at the presidential villa, Obaseki said he would pursue his second-term bid on another platform.
Resignation of Godwin Obaseki: Briefing reporters at the State House in Abuja on June 16, 2020. Picture Credit: Channelstv
On June 14, the governor had said he would make his intentions known after meeting with Mr. President following his disqualification from the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election in Edo. The chairman of the APC screening committee, for the Edo governorship poll, Jonathan Ayuba disclosed that the panel disqualified Godwin Obaseki over a “defective” certificate. Although, if you recall, that the University of Ibadan had already made an attestation to the fact that he graduated from their school. Well, that is Politics for you. Obaseki had been at loggerheads with Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the APC who supported him in 2016, and Oshiomhole is believed to be backing Osagie Ize-Iyamu who was cleared to contest the APC primary election in Edo.
It is becoming obvious that PDP maybe the governor’s next stop as the party had been waiting in the wings for the APC crisis to boil over so that it can provide a platform for him. Atiku Abubakar, the former vice-president, had also asked Obaseki to join the PDP and making way for him to get the party’s ticket.
The governor, Obeseki had already met with Nyesom Wike, Rivers state governor, and Emmanuel Udom, Akwa Ibom governor, (both members of the PDP) at the weekend and we can be expectant that a table is about to be set before him. Watch out!