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Edo 2024: I Have No Preferred Candidate – Obaseki

Obaseki Mourns Foremost South-South SAN Kolawole Inneh

Ahead of the Edo governorship election, Governor Godwin Obaseki has stated his position on the choice of the flagbearer for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Gatekeepers News reports that Obaseki spoke after a closed-door meeting with Governor Bala Mohammed, who doubles as the chairman of the PDP governors forum in Bauchi state, Northeast Nigeria.

He was accompanied by the former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Gabriel Emmanuel.

He declared that he has no preferred candidate among those aspiring to succeed him as his tenure comes to an end.

According to the governor, only the party has the power to decide who becomes its flagbearer at the gubernatorial election.

Addressing journalists after the meeting held at the Rahmat House, an extension of the Bauchi Government House, Obaseki also cleared the air on his relationship with his deputy, Philip Shaibu, who has declared interest in succeeding him.

He said their relationship is cordial.

There have been insinuations in some quarters that the governor is not backing his deputy’s ambition to succeed him.

Obaseki said: “My relationship with Shaibu is cordial. He wants to run for the office I currently occupy and I think, as a Nigerian, he has the constitutional right to run; nobody can stop him.”

He added: “But only the PDP and our members can decide who will become the flagbearer of the party at the gubernatorial election. I’m only one of the millions of party members in Edo State. I don’t think my vote alone will determine who becomes the party’s flagbearer.”

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