Edo 2020: Rematch as Obaseki emerges PDP’s flag bearer, to jostle with Ize-Iyamu, others

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By Muhammed Saheed

Edo State incumbent governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki has succesfully emerged winner of the primary election under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) which took place yesterday.

Obaseki won the primary with a total vote of 1,952 out of the total accredited votes of 2,024. Meanwhile, 72 votes were invalidated.

This is coming hours after the National Executive Council (NEC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress ratified the victory of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, retaining him as the flag bearer of the party in the gubernatorial contest.

Mr Obaseki had earlier in 2016 contested against Mr Ize-Iyamu. While the former used the platform of the APC, the latter used the platform of the PDP. Both men are still expected to face each other in the race alongside 11 other contestants.

What changed however is that Obaseki is now contesting under the PDP, while Ize-Iyamu will be contesting under the APC.

Reacting to his victory at the primary election, Obaseki said he nearly forlorn his second term ambition because of politics of godfatherism, promising he would not disappoint the people of the state if he emerges.

”Today makes a defining moment for our dear state. With today’s election result, it is clear that there is no mountain. I thank my family for the encouragement.

”I salute all our party members for standing tall when it became necessary to do so.

”I almost quit running for a second tenure all because of overbearing god-father, but the PDP cover provided us with the umbrella when it was heavily raining. Kenneth Imasuagbon and others made this possible”, he said.

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