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Edo 2020: Obaseki has not reached out to us, says PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State on Saturday said Governor Godwin Obaseki has not came touch with the party.

It was reports that the screening committee of the All Progressives Congress had on Friday said the governor was ineligible for the party’s governorship primaries.

The state Publicity Secretary of PDP, Chris Nehikhare, said the speculation that Obaseki had joined the PDP wasn’t true.

He said the party’s focus at the instant is to make sure that its June 19 governorship primary was successful.

He said, “To the simplest of my knowledge, Governor Obaseki isn’t in discussion with us. Most of those belongings you hear are within the realm of speculations. What we have an interest in immediately is the way to deliver a free, fair, transparent, and credible primary for our members that have gotten their governorship forms and are screened.”

Following his disqualification by the APC, there have been reports that the embattled governor may consider running on the platform of another party to understand his second-term ambition.

The screening committee of the party, headed by Prof Jonathan Ayuba, while presenting the committee’s report back to the party’s National Working Committee, said the governor was disqualified from participating within the party’s June 22 primary due to the discrepancies in his names and certificates and for taking the party to court in contravention of the party’s rules.

In the report received by the National Chairman of the party, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, Ayuba noted that Obaseki claimed to possess obtained a better School Certificate from the Institute of continuous Education in Benin but that he didn’t produce the certificate which the document he produced only attested to his attendance.

He said further that the governor’s National Youth Service Corps certificate reads ‘Obasek Godwin’ which while this might be a mistake on the a part of NYSC, the governor never took any step “to correct the anomaly.”

Obaseki and two other aspirants, Chris Ogiemwonyi and Mathew Iduoriyekenwen, were disqualified from participating within the party primary before the September 19, 2020 governorship election within the state. Those cleared to require part within the primary were Mr Osaro Obaze, Dr Pius Odubu and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

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