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Edo 2024: PDP stakeholders, members, not me, will decide next gubernatorial candidate – Governor Obaseki says not stopping Philip aspiration

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By Akanji Alowolodu, Bauchi 

As silent war over succession bid to Edo State Government House in 2024 rages on, the State Governor, Godwin Obaseki who is engaged in a battle of wits with his Deputy, Philip Shaibu has declared that he is not stopping him from aspiring to become the next Governor of the state but will have the entire people of the state to contend with. 

Obaseki who spoke to journalists in Bauchi said that the fate of Shaibu will be decided by members and stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

He said “I only have one vote to cast during the election.” 

The Edo State Governor interacted with journalists at the Ramat House, Bauchi Government House.

According to him, “only members of the PDP and not me would decide if Shaibu would emerge the party’s gubernatorial flag bearer in the 2024 polls”.

Speaking to journalists after a closed-door meeting with the Bauchi State Governor, and Chairman of PDP Governors Forum, Bala Mohammed in Bauchi on Thursday, Obaseki said that; “I am only one of the millions of party members in Edo state. I don’t think my vote alone can determine whether he becomes the party’s flag bearer.”

According to him, “The relationship as you know is cordial; he wants to run for the office I currently occupy; he is free to, and I think as a Nigerian, he has a constitutional right nobody can’t and should stop him.”

On the likelihood of backing Shaibu openly for the PDP ticket, Governor Obaseki said; “The party would decide and also only the members of the party would decide who would be the flag bearer of our party in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Edo State.”

On his visit to Bauchi, Governor Obaseki said he was in the States with Udom Emmanuel, immediate past Governor of Akwa Ibom State, to congratulate Senator Bala Mohammed whose victory at the March 18 poll was affirmed by the Court of Appeal in Abuja last week.

Obaseki further said that the visit had to do with issues within the PDP and State of the nation, adding; “Things are not going as we want them to be and we are still rubbing our minds together to see how we save this country. How we can support the administration to see how we can ensure that we reduce the sufferings of Nigerians.”

The Governor said that, “Things are very very difficult as you at this point in time, Nigerians are sufferings and the suffering is almost unprecedented, but I think we should stop lamenting and see what do we do as leaders; to put more food on table.”

He stressed that, “The year is getting to an end; we have seen prices of food items going up; what will we as PDP governors do to ameliorate the sufferings of our people. These are some of things we came to talk about while preserving the unity of this country”.

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