The All Progressives Congress has accused the Peoples Democratic party, PDP and Candidate of the party in the September 19, 2020 Governorship election in Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki of violating the electoral law in the conduct of its primaries.
Former Spokesman of Edo Chapter of APC, Comrade Godwin Erhahon disclosed this in a Press release on Sunday in Benin City.
He argued that: “Whereas the Electoral Act requires any political party that wishes to reschedule its primary to give INEC seven days notice, PDP gave only five days and thereby runs foul of the guidelines”.
Recall that the National Working Committee,/NWC of PDP had rescheduled its Governorship primary election which was earlier slated for June 19 and 20, was on Thursday postponed to June 25, 2020 via a statement by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan.
Erhahon, former Chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressives Change, CPC in Edo State in a Press release, predicted that PDP will not feature on INEC ballot paper in the forthcoming poll due to the alleged infraction on the electoral Act.
He alleged that all the PDP Governorship aspirants who crashed out of the primaries knew the game plan hence they stepped down.
He also alleged that the PDP sold an expired gubernatorial ticket to Mr Godwin Obaseki for the money.
“All other aspirants stepped down for him as they realized that the PDP have lost its chance of fielding a Candidate for the September 19 2020 governorship election”.
According to him, “Whereas the Electoral Act requires any political party that wishes to reschedule its primary to give INEC seven days notice, PDP gave only five days and thereby ran foul of the guidelines”.
“Outgoing Governor Obaseki will end up wasting billions of naira on an expired nomination ticket from PDP probably as God’s punishment for his ingratitude to APC which gave him the ticket freely in 2016 even when he was just a new entrant into the party”.
According to him, the outgoing governor obtained his nomination form three weeks behind approved time. Shocker awaits outgoing Governor Godwin Obaseki as he is about to realize that the Governorship election Candidature which he spent over N10 billion (Ten billion Naira) to buy from PDP, is useless to him after all”.
The State Publicity Secretary of PDP, Mr Chris Nehikhare however did not respond to the inquiry made by our Correspondent.
But, a public Affairs commentator, Mr Alaba Momodu, said: “the allegation is something for the PDP to worry about if it turns out to be true.