Edo governorship election: Obaseki, Edo PDP gladiators, NWC meet in Abuja

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the People Democratic Party (PDP) Thursday in Abuja met with party gladiators and stakeholders, including Governor Godwin Obaseki, his deputy, Phillip Shaibu, former governor, Deputy National Chairman South, Chief Taofeek Arapaja, Vice Chairman South-South, Chief Dan Orbih, Chief Tom Ikimi, a PDP BOT member, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, an aspirant, Asue Ighodalo and about twelve other governorship aspirants willing to lock horns for the sole ticket.

The meeting which was at the instance of the national headquarters was called to settle internal squabbles occasioned by who succeeds Obaseki come 2024.

Addressing newsmen after the over three hours meeting, the acting chairman of the party, Alhaji Umar Dammagum, said the warring parties had agreed to work together as one family.

He assured that the party would go further to break the meeting into smaller committees so that at the end of the day, it will come out with a better solution. 

Dammagum said with the outcome of the meeting, Edo PDP is now one family. 

On the governor and his deputy’s face-off, Dammagum told newsmen that it has been resolved.

He said, “We are talking about election here and you are talking about issue between the governor and his deputy. There was no issue,”

While corroborating the chairman, Obaseki said: “There is absolutely no issue between me and my deputy and he is here.

“He wants to contest and we are not asking him to drop his ambition.

“He is a free born of Edo state and he can contest.”

When asked whether he would support his deputy to  succeed him, Obaseki replied: ” I will support whoever the party supports,”

While also fielding questions from newsmen, one of the aspirants, Ighodalo told newsmen that the meeting was very fruitful and that it was a family affairs.

He then commended the party leadership for its wisdom, assuring that a united PDP will win the next election in the state.