Obaseki officially joins PDP

Obaseki: protests in Edo PDP
Obaseki: Joins PDP

By Michael Adeshina

The anticipated defection of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State to the Peoples Democratic Party finally happened on Friday.

His defection was perfected on Friday at the PDP’s Edo secretariat in Benin, the state capital.

Obaseki was received by National Vice Chairman, Southsouth of the party, Chief Emmanuel Ogidi, Edo PDP chairman Dr. Tony Aziegbemi; members of the State Working Committee (SWC) and some chieftains of the party.

The reception of about ten minutes took place in Aziegbemi’s office but Obaseki declined to speak with reporters at the end of the ceremony.

The governor, however, made his personal announcement via his verified Twitter handle.

The governor wrote, “I have officially joined the @OfficialPDPNig to advance my ambition to seek re-election as Governor of Edo State.

“I, as always, remain committed to engendering good governance and sustainable development of our dear state.”

Also, the PDP announced the defection on its verified Twitter handle.

The party said, “The Governor of Edo State, H. E. Governor Obaseki has defected to our great Party, the @OfficialPDPNig. The declaration was made this afternoon at the state Secretariat of our party in Benin city, Edo State. Power to the people.”

In the video that accompanied the tweet, Obaseki made his declaration to all Nigerians “within the state and across the country, to become a member of PDP.”

The National Working Committee of the Party had earlier considered waivers for the governor after he met with some power brokers.

However, the meeting was followed by the announcement of the postponement of PDP’s primary election scheduled for June 19 and June 20.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan had said, “The NWC of the party has postponed the Edo State governorship primary election earlier scheduled for Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20, 2020, to a new date of Tuesday, June 23, 2020. This decision is predicated on the exigencies of party activities.”

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission, the governorship election in the state is scheduled for September 19.


  1. They all are busy playing games with us istead on focusing on what would actually help the nation grow, of what importance and use is a political party, why would you vie for a position desperately if your intentions were not to embezzle and squander. The solution to our economic depression is in this link, tap and see for yourselves https://www.liveandwingit.com/download-business-plan-for-nirsal-microfinance-loan-application-agsmeis-cbn/?doing_wp_cron=1588380415.1417589187622070312500,

  2. The game is now taking shape because the governor has taken an appropriate step. No right thinking person can blame him because someone deliberately brought Ize-Iyamu a few weeks ago from the PDP. Joining the same PDP by Obaseki now shows very clearly that both political parties are intent on poaching members of other parties. It’s the person who begged Ize-Iyamu to leave his party for the APC that set the train in motion! I wish Obaseki and Edo state PDP electoral victory in the forthcoming polls. Only the best for the PDP!

  3. APC has finally lost Edo state to PDP because of the greediness and senseless of their national chairman. If they think theycan rig themselves into Osadebe House in the election, they are dreaming because they will be met with force to force and pwer to power. at this point, APC exist as a party in the entire south south is settled I will also advise PDP to watch their back because they initiated the problem of Obaseki’s certificate saga.

    • Prince E 1, how do you know that ” APC has finally lost Edo state to PDP and APC exit as a party in the entire south south is settled”?. Wait till after the votes are counted. Just saying.

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