Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has vowed never to return to the All Progressives Congress (APC); a party he contested and won his first term election as Edo governor in 2016.
TheNewsGuru.com, TNG reports that Obaseki joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2020 when he fell out with his predecessor and erstwhile godfather, Adams Oshiomhole during the governorship election where he (Obaseki) sought a second term in office.
Obaseki, who spoke in Abuja on Monday in the backdrop of the exodus of governors elected on the platform of the PDP to the APC, insisted that he would not join the defection train.
Three serving PDP governors were among high profile factors to the APC in recent time. They include Dave Umahi (Ebonyi); Ben Ayade (Cross River); and Bello Matawalle (Zamfara).
But Obaseki described rumours getting the rounds that he intended to return to the APC as laughable, adding that he is committed to serving the people under the “stable, people-oriented and democratic structure” of the PDP.
The Edo Governor, who is the Chairman of PDP’s e-registration exercise, declared his commitment and strong belief in the PDP as a party that holds the solution to issues of governance-deficit facing the country at the moment.
In a statement yesterday by the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the governor was quoted to have urged Nigerians to remain steadfast in their determination of rallying on the platform of the PDP to “rescue the country from the misrule of the APC.”
He was further quoted to have urged Nigerians to turn out enmasse and register with the PDP as the party’s nationwide online electronic registration of members takes off in two weeks’ time.
Obaseki, who was said to have addressed members of the PDP e-registration committee in Abuja, explained that the pilot scheme of the exercise will begin in Edo and Anambra states.
“Nigerians must key into the e-registration exercise of the PDP as the party remains the solution to the myriads of problems confronting our nation today under the APC.
“From all indications, it is clear that the PDP remains the party that provides the appropriate platform, outlook and sense of direction to return our nation to her of pride of place in the comity of nations”, he was quoted to have said.