Edo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has disassociated itself from the said endorsement of the governor of Edo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki by Chieftains of the party, Esama of Benin, Gabriel Igbinedion, and Tom Ikimi, during their private visits to the governor.
This was disclosed in a press release signed by the publicity secretary of the Edo state PDP, Chris Osa Nehikhare.
Igbinedion allegedly endorsed Obaseki’s performance when he paid a courtesy visit to the governor.
According to Nehikhare, the PDP has said it was not normal for the leader of a political party to endorse the candidate of another party.
“Our attention has been drawn to the private visits to the governor of Edo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki by Chieftains of our party including the respected Esama of Benin, Gabriel Igbinedion, and Chief Tom Ikimi.
“The visits were private and so were the comments, discussions and purported endorsements credited to them.
“Edo PDP hereby disassociates itself from all that transpired between the aforementioned leaders and the Governor. It is abnormal and not politically suave for party leaders to endorse aspirants of another party other than the candidate of their party.
“However, at the appropriate time in accordance with our party’s constitution, a credible PDP candidate will be nominated to contest the Edo State 2020 Governorship election to liberate the state from poverty, insecurity, unemployment and unimaginable colossal debts.”
The PDP lamented on the neglects of many projects in Edo state, said: “In the last three years, this government has been on a merry-go-round. The “commissioned” 5-star specialist hospital is still home to reptiles, Tayo Akpata University of Education, an unfulfilled political greek gift, College of Agriculture Ogierieki, a victim of policy lip-service, the gele gele sea port project is still a mirage and the industrial park is still at the MOU level. To mention a few!.
“Taxes and levies are at an all-time high and the condition of infrastructure unchanged in the last 11 years of the APC Edo State government.
Edo earnestly needs a CHANGE in government to right all the wrongs.
“To all Edo people, members and supporters of PDP you will have a choice to make between the umbrella of comfort and the broom of hardship.
“A PDP government will liberate our state from the APC government that is insensitive to the plight of our people. The echoes of freedom are in the streets and PDP remains the preferred choice of our people.”