The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Thursday announced a three-day delay in its primary in Edo State, apparently to pave the way for the Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, to pursue his re-election bid on its platform.
The PDP, which has held a series of meetings with Obaseki since his disqualification from the race for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship ticket last week, and subsequent resignation from the party on Tuesday, shifted its primary to June 23. It was initially billed to hold between tomorrow and Sunday.
Obaseki will now join three other aspirants to vie for the PDP’s governorship ticket for the September 22 election in the state.
It was learnt that Obaseki would formally defect to the PDP at a ceremony billed for Benin City today.
However, the leadership crisis in the APC, triggered by the Court of Appeal judgment that affirmed the suspension of its National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, festered yesterday as the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) renewed a March order for the party’s Deputy National Secretary, Chief Victor Giadom, to act for Oshiomhole.
The APC National Working Committee (NWC), shortly after the Court of Appeal judgment, had named one of Oshiomhole’s zonal deputies, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, as the interim national chairman.
But Giadom, on Wednesday, kicked, contending with Ajimobi for the leadership of the party, based on the March order he had earlier secured. Few hours after Giadom declared himself the interim national chairman, the NWC met and reaffirmed the choice of Ajimobi as the acting national chairman. The party organ also suspended Giadom for alleged anti-party activities.