The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki has emerged winner of the primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP which held on Thursday.
Obaseki will now fly the party’s flag as candidate for the September’s governorship election with the highest votes of 1,952 out of total accredited votes of 2024. 72 votes were, however, invalid.
While reacting to his victory, Mr Obaseki said he would not disappoint the people of the state for the confidence reposed on him. He said he believed that by the grace of God, he will be governor of Edo State for another four years.
”Today makes a defining moment for our dear state. With today’s election result, it is clear that there is no mountain. I thank my family for the encouragement.”
”I salute all our party members for standing tall when it became necessary to do so.”
”I almost quit running for a second tenure all because of overbearing god-father, but the PDP cover provided us with the umbrella when it was heavily raining. Kenneth Imasuagbon and others made this possible.”
Earlier, chairman of the PDP committee in Edo Guber primary election, Gov Balla Muhammed of Bauchi state while delivering his opening address congratulated other aspirants who out of the overall interest of the party stepped down for the incumbent.
He says, ”I want to salute the courage of other aspirants who stepped down for my colleague, Governor Obaseki.”
Meanwhile, the Board of Trustees of the party has congratulated Obaseki.
The Chairman of the PDP BoT, Senator Walid Jibrin, in a statement on Thursday, called for unity among party members for the PDP to emerge as the ruling party in 2023.
The BoT chairman said, “I want to appeal to the leadership and all members of PDP to continue making our party strong and more united in our efforts to rule Nigeria come 2023. The party should shun actions that will not bring progress.”
Mr Godwin Obaseki, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will face his major contender from the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, in the September 19 governorship election in the state.