The Peoples Democratic Party will not hand down its governorship ticket for Edo state governorship election coming up in September to incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki if he decides to cross over to the party in view of the crisis rock his own All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State, Tony Aziegbemi, made the statement on Thursday while appearing on Channels Television programme, adding however that the party’s door was open for the embattled incumbent governor to join.
“Our doors are ope. Governor Obaseki is our governor in the State. If he wants to join the PDP, he is free to do so. But will he get an automatic ticket? The answer is an emphatic no. He has to go through the processes.”
He insisted that even if National Working Committee, NWC, of the PDP considers giving Obaseki a waiver, he “will still get to get to the delegates to explain to them why he should be given the ticket and all that. So it’s a process and that process is open to all Nigerians,” he said.
“So our doors are not closed at all. We feel that Governor Obaseki is being humiliated, maltreated and being given the wrong stick by his party.”
Asked about the party’s earlier claim that the Governor has not done enough for the State since elected 4 years ago, he said, “Will we give him automatic ticket? I say no. Can he join the party and I said yes. Can he be given a waiver? I said yes. Can he contest in the primary? I said yes of course. That’s what I’m saying.”
On Wednesday, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, a former Secretary to Edo State Government (SSG) emerged the Adams Oshiomhole faction of the APC consensus candidate for the state governorship election.