Governor Obaseki Speaks on Defection After Meeting With Buhari


Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has ruled out plans to abandon the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and return to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Obaseki, who secured his second term mandate on the PDP's platform after failing to get the APC's ticket said his integrity would not allow him to abandon the party which provided him cover when he was in distress.

The Nation reported that the Edo state governor said this when addressing newsmen after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday, October 13.

Governor Obaseki also said he did not leave the ruling party of his own volition but was forced out, adding that he would not have been re-elected if not for the PDP.

His words:“I think I have shown that I’m a politician with integrity and I've made it very clear that I didn’t leave the other party on my own, I was pushed out of the party, and someone else gave me cover, gave me an opportunity.

“It will not be the right thing to do to now leave who helped you, who gave you the umbrella in your storm, and then go back to the person who pushed you out.”

Earlier, the Edo state governor urged members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state who is uncomfortable with his leadership style to leave the party.

Governor Obaseki reacting to the ratification of the suspension of some key leaders of the party in the state said he would not leave the PDP for anyone.

The governor added that as the leader of the party in the state, he is pledging to continue being a good leader by creating a mind for an all-inclusive government.

He said:“Anybody that doesn’t want me to lead or want to accept my leadership will leave PDP for me.”

PM News reports that Governor Obaseki said some members of the party have continued to feed members with all manner of lies as a divide and rule tactics to destroy the party's credibility.

The Edo state governor said for some of the individuals, once there is no lie to spread to naive minds, they would not be able to find means of survival.

Calling for the cooperation of all, Obaseki added that as the only true party in Nigeria, members of the PDP must learn to work together for the interest of the people and Nigeria.

Meanwhile, a report by ThisDay newspaper indicates that the immediate past governor of Ondo state, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko is set to rejoin the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

In line with the report, Mimiko will be joined by the governorship candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in the last gubernatorial election and immediate past deputy governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi.

The running mate of the ZLP’s candidate, Engr. Gboye Adegbenro will also join the main opposition party.

Mimiko left the PDP in 2018 to form the ZLP. His planned defection will make it the third time he would join the party.

He was first defected from Alliance for Democracy to PDP in 2003 and then from PDP to Labour Party in 2006 before defecting back to PDP in 2014 and then to ZLP in 2016.

It is, however, not yet clear if he will integrate ZLP structures into the PDP at the grassroots level.

There are also speculations if Mimiko, being the only living former governor in the state, would assume the new role of the leader of the party and replace his former commissioner and two-time governorship candidate of the party, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), who is the Ondo PDP leader for now.


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