Edo State 2020: Obaseki seeks political survival, visits Wike

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki (left) and his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike during the visit
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki (left) and his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike during the visit

In an apparent bid to pitch his tent with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party  (PDP), Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, was in Government House, Port Harcourt on Sunday to visit his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike of Rivers.

The purpose of the visit was however, not disclosed but the two governors later held a closed-door meeting at the Government House.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Obaseki’s visit to Wike is coming on the heels of the disqualification of the former from contesting the upcoming Edo governorship election on the platform of the APC.

The APC had approved its screening and appeal committees’ reports which disqualified Obaseki and two others from participating in the June 22 governorship primaries in Edo.

The party’s National Working Committee (NWC), led by its National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, announced Obaseki’s disqualification on June 13 at a news conference in Abuja

Oshiomhole said the NWC, which reviewed the two reports, noted with satisfaction that members of the committees were unanimous in their decisions.

The appeal panel, headed by Prof. Abubakar Fari also upheld the outcome of the screening committee, while presenting the report to Oshiomhole at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja.

Political observers in Port Harcourt said that Obaseki’s visit to Wike might not be unconnected with his disqualification by the APC from participating in the party’s governorship primaries and that he might be seeking to join the PDP to contest the governorship election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission has slated Sept. 19 for the governorship poll in Edo.

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