A last-minute meeting summoned at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss the fate of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State on Monday ended in a fiasco.
The national Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) led by Adams Oshiomhole said this while fielded questions from State House reporters after a meeting with the Chief of Staff (CoS) to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.
He said this on Monday said that it would go ahead with June 22, 2020 governorship primary election.
The meeting, according to Daily Trust, was attended by the Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) and Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, as well as four members of the APC National Working Committee (NWC), including the National Vice Chairman (North West), Barr. Inuwa Abdulkadir; National Treasurer, Adamu Panda; National Welfare Officer, Ibrahim Masari; and National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu.
Bagudu, who represented the APC governors at the meeting, did not wait while Oshiomhole was speaking with journalists after the meeting.
The meeting was believed to have discussed the fallout of the disqualification of the incumbent Governor Obaseki from participating in the State Governorship primary election.
Oshiomhole, who said the APC had followed all necessary guidelines and standard practice required ahead of the primary, expressed optimism that the process would be “free, fair, and transparent” and produce a Candidate that would unify the party.
Reacting to Governor Obaseki’s plan to decamp to PDP and get his automatic re-election ticket with his deputy, Philip Shaibu as running mate, a governorship aspirant of the PDP, Mr Kenneth Imasuagbon said he would resist any attempt to hand over the party’s ticket to Obaseki ahead of the state governorship elections.
Imasuagbon who spoke with newsmen on Monday in Benin, however said the governor was welcome to join the party but that he must join the queue.
According to him, “Any attempt to hand the party’s primaries would be met with serious resistance, infact, there will be no PDP primaries or whatever if the party’s leadership tries it.
“This is not a military coup nor are we in military rule, the governor must subject himself to the party’s primaries; he (Obaseki) will need to queue with the other aspirants if he so wish to join, but certainly not handing him the ticket automatically”, he said.
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