Obaseki’s days of trouble seems not to be over as fresh issue broke out in the People’s Democratic Party PDP ahead of the Primaries.
Obaseki had scaled through his new party’s first stage of screening to contest for the Governorship ticket on the 25th of June. He is, however, left with winning the party’s ticket and then getting majority of the Edo PDP to support his quest of running.
While some stakeholders read meanings to his speech when he defected to the party on Friday, claiming that he is now the leader of the party in the State, one of the three aspirants who will contest the ticket against him, Mr. Kenneth Imasuangbon, had vowed not to step down for him.
Imasuangbon had lost the 2016 APC ticket to Obaseki and is not ready to take chances again this time. He reportedly spoke to Vanguard via a phone call, noting that obaseki should be the one to step down for him and not otherwise.
“I cannot step down for Obaseki, he should be the one to step down for me. I am not going to step down for anybody. We have concluded congress before Obaseki came. The action by those calling for a step down must be condemned by all; it is wicked and undemocratic. The military can’t do this; we don’t have democracy in Nigeria, what we have is autocracy.There is no morality in all this. He can’t push my dream of 16 years away.”
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“Thank God for the position of Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare II, who said he needs peace to prevail and that there should be no godfatherism. It is not about pressure but about doing the right thing in line with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, due process and the Electoral Act. It is disappointing and a big shame in Edo state and the entire nation and it portends danger for the country and the party. Nigerians should rise up against what is happening, we are not in the jungle, it is no do or die affair but about the process. It is totally unacceptable“, Vanguard reported Imasuangbon said.
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