UPDATED: PDP grants waiver to Obaseki, shifts primaries to 25

UPDATED: PDP grants waiver to Obaseki, shifts primaries to  25

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Governor, Godwin Obaseki has secured a waiver from the Peoples Democratic party to contest Edo State governorship primary election.

FILE: EDO STATE PDP CHAIRMAN, MR TONY AIZIEGBEMIN (RIGHT) PHOTOGRAPHED WHILE HOLDING GOVERNOR GODWIN OBASEKI’S MEMBERSHIP CARD

Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, the National Publicity Secretary of PDP announced this after the governor joined the party on Friday afternoon.

“@OfficialPDPNig grants waiver for @GovernorObaseki to enable him contest the gubernatorial primary of our great party. Party has also approved waiver for his deputy, Philip Shuaibu,” he tweeted.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Obaseki, who, on Tuesday, resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), picked his PDP membership card at the party’s secretariat in Benin City, on Friday.

Ologbondiyan said that the waiver was pursuant to the power granted the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) by the party’s constitution.

“The action of the NWC is pursuant to Section 29(2)(b) of the PDP constitution and in the exercise of the powers of the NEC under Section (50)(3)(b) of the party’s constitution.

“The NWC, in the exercise of the above powers, has ratified the application for waiver by the ward, local government and state executives of the party in Edo, and accordingly granted a waiver to Obaseki to enable him to contest the gubernatorial primaries of the PDP.

“Also, the NWC has further shifted the Edo governorship primaries from an earlier slated date of June 23 to June 25.

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“The shift is again predicated on exigencies of party activities,” he said.

NAN reports that the party had, on Thursday, shifted its primaries, which had hitherto been scheduled for June 19 and June 20 to June 23.

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