Saraki Welcomes Obaseki to PDP, Says Oshiomhole’s Masquerade Will Dance Naked In Market

A file photo of former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.

 

Former Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Friday welcomed Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, into the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and predicted the political downfall of suspended All Progressives Congress National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

Earlier on Friday, Obaseki announced he was now a card-carrying member of the PDP after leaving the APC.

In a statement signed by his spokesman, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki thanked Obaseki’s colleagues and PDP Governors for how they managed the Governor’s transition into the party by not “just unilaterally taking decisions without the input of the leaders of the party in Edo State.”

READ ALSO: PDP’s Energy Is What I Need To Move Edo Forward, Says Obaseki

“That is why my appeal will, at this point, go to all of us, the leaders and stakeholders, who gave assurances that agreement will be honoured, we need to ensure that the NWC of our party plays its own supervisory role by making sure that those agreements entered into by the Governor and the local chapter should be kept, particularly since I am very sure they are all lawful and in the interest of peace and development of the state,” Saraki added. “That is the only way to keep our integrity intact.”

On Oshiomhole, Saraki said he was forced to comments because of the former’s constant verbal attacks directed at him.

“At this point, it will be odd if I fail to comment on the situation that led to the change of party by Governor Obaseki,” he said. “While I have kept my cool and ignored all the verbal attacks directed at me by the suspended chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, I have always known that a day like this would come when his masquerade will dance naked in the market.

“The truth is always constant and no matter how far falsehood travels, the truth will catch up with it one day. Oshiomhole can fool people for a long time but he cannot fool the people all the time. What is happening to him now is a moment of truth. This same man who was garrulously proclaiming the end of the political career of some other people is now about to meet his Waterloo.

“He has continued to use his mouth to divide his party and I believe there is a lesson for all politicians to learn from the fate of the suspended APC chairman. No autocrat can successfully pretend to be a Democrat. The true character of a man will come out one day”, he said.

According to Olaniyonu’s statement, Saraki further stated that all lovers of democracy should be interested in the emergence of a healthy and strong party system and organisation which would provide viable platforms for people to aspire and provide quality leadership to the country.

Secondus Charges Obaseki To See Journey To PDP As ‘An Act Of God’

A file photo of National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Uche Secondus
A file photo of National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Uche Secondus

 

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has charged the Governor of Edo State Godwin Obaseki to see his entry into the PDP as an act of God and wants that to guide his attitude in the party.

Prince Secondus told the Governor that he would soon realize that he did not make a mistake in his decision as the PDP is a party of “responsible people who respect and appreciate intellect and work by the rules and constitution of the party.

“There is nothing to be arrogant about power for anyone who knows God and here in PDP we are guided by this fact,” he said in a statement signed by his SA on Media, Ike Abony on Friday.

The National Chairman who received the new member at the National Working Committee meeting at the party’s legacy House campaign office in Maitama Abuja, announced to him that before his arrival they deliberated and approved his application for a waiver for him and his deputy.

Read Also: Edo Election: PDP Grants Obaseki, Deputy Waiver To Contest

Secondus noted that as a party that is guided by rules, the application came from his ward in Edo State and was recommended and endorsed by the other organs of the party in the state.

With the waiver, Obaseki and his deputy can vote and be voted for in the party.

In his remarks after receiving the waiver, Governor Obaseki thanked God for providing him the opportunity of today saying that he is happy to have made the decision.

“From what I saw in Benin City today after I joined this party, the increased goodwill, the excitement of the people from all works of life from their balcony, I told myself no wonder…?

He said that since he made his contact with the party he has realized the difference, he met true democrats with positive disposition and cohesion who listen and try to understand you.

“What I have seen here is a far cry from the confusion and commotion from the other side and left me to wonder why I didn’t have this opportunity before now.

“When I met the National Chairman Prince Secondus, I was shocked at his humility and unassuming dispositions, how he told me he would consult because the decision will come from my people not him but where I am coming from the other side it wasn’t so”.

Governor Obaseki assured the PDP leaders of his full cooperation, saying “I am coming with freshness, I am going to lead a campaign at all levels to enhance the membership of this party in the state”.

Speaking further, the governor told the party leaders that the challenge ahead for the country is worrisome especially with the ravaging coronavirus that has disrupted the socio-political and economic life of the world.

He, however, assured them of his readiness to tackle the challenges head-on.

“The road ahead is not going to be easy with the obvious fall in oil revenue which our economy depend on but I want to assure you that with me you have an equipped person with the energy.

Obaseki had earlier today joined the PDP in his ward in Benin City and visited the PDP state secretariat, before coming to Abuja to meet with the nwc to collect his waiver.

Edo Election: PDP Grants Obaseki, Deputy Waiver To Contest

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has granted the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy, Philip Shaibu, a waiver to contest for elective office on its platform.

This comes days after the governor dumped the All Progressives Congress and consequently, picked up his PDP membership card at the party’s secretariat in Benin City, the state capital today.

Addressing party officials, the governor said he automatically becomes the PDP leader in the state following his defection.

Obaseki also reiterated his commitment to providing what he described as quality leadership, adding that he is ready to lead the party to victory in the September 19 governorship election.

After displaying his membership card, he said: “I automatically become the leader of this party. I want to assure all of you (that) I am prepared to provide leadership.

“I am prepared to provide leadership that will lead this party to victory. I am prepared to provide leadership that will not only put PDP into office in Edo State but as a ruling party in Edo State, we will make sure that the level of progress, growth and participation in the political system and our people is unrivalled in this country.

“I am very happy to be here. With the reception I have received since I drove in here has been ecstatic. The energy I see in this party is the kind of energy I require to take Edo to the level we should go to next.”

VIDEO: PDP’s Energy Is What I Need To Move Edo Forward, Says Obaseki

A file photo of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, addressing a gathering in Abuja.

 

 

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, is confident that his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is the right step in the right direction.

The governor who is seeking re-election for a second term in the September 19 governorship election stated that the PDP has what he needs to move the state forward.

“I am very happy to be here. The reception I have received since I drove in here has been ecstatic,” he told party supporters at the PDP secretariat in Benin City, the state capital.

Governor Obaseki added, “The energy I see in this party is the kind of energy I require to take Edo to the level we should go to next.”

READ ALSO: Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki, Resigns From APC

 

His defection to the PDP comes three days after he resigned his membership from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This followed the disqualification of the governor from the APC governorship primary election over allegations of presenting defective certificates.

In a bid to realise his second term ambition, Governor Obaseki dumped the APC to pick up his PDP membership card, thereby becoming the party’s leader in the state.

He promised the residents, especially the PDP supporters in Edo that he would ensure an unmatched level of growth in the state.

“I have automatically become the leader of this party. I am prepared to provide leadership that will lead this party to victory.

“I am prepared to provide leadership that will not only put PDP into office in Edo State but as a ruling party in Edo State, we will make sure that the level of progress, growth, and participation in the political system and our people is unrivalled in this country,” the governor told the party faithful.

Governor Obaseki and the PDP also took to social media to share the news of his defection.

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, Joins PDP

 

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has officially joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The governor who dumped the All Progressives Congress on Tuesday, picked up his PDP membership card at the party’s secretariat in Benin City, the state capital on Friday.

Addressing party officials, the governor said he automatically becomes the PDP leader in the state following his defection.

Obaseki also reiterated his commitment to providing what he described as quality leaders, adding that he is ready to lead the party to victory in the September 19 governorship election.

After displaying his membership card, he said: “I automatically become the leader of this party. I want to assure all of you (that) I am prepared to provide leadership.

“I am prepared to provide leadership that will lead this party to victory. I am prepared to provide leadership that will not only put PDP into office in Edo State but as a ruling party in Edo State, we will make sure that the level of progress, growth and participation in the political system and our people is unrivalled in this country.

“I am very happy to be here. With the reception I have received since I drove in here has been ecstatic. The energy I see in this party is the kind of energy I require to take Edo to the level we should go to next.”

READ ALSO: Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki, Resigns From APC

A file photo of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.
A file photo of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

Shortly after his resignation from the APC, Obaseki visited Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and his Akwa-Ibom State counterpart, Udom Emmanuel.

This comes a week after he was screened out and declared unfit to participate in the APC primary election ahead of the September 19 governorship poll in Edo State.

On Friday last week, the Screening Committee led by Professor Jonathan Ayuba submitted its report to the party’s leadership after it screened Governor Obaseki who is seeking re-election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and four other aspirants.

The other aspirants include Dr Pius Odubu, Chris Ogiemwonyi, Osaro Obazee, and Matthew Iduoriyekemwen.

Obaseki’s Deputy, Philip Shaibu, Also Dumps APC

Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shuaibu in front of the cameras on June 16, 2020.
Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shuaibu in front of the cameras on June 16, 2020.

 

Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, has followed in the footsteps of his boss, Godwin Obaseki, to leave the All Progressives Congress.

Mr. Shaibu announced his exit from the party on Tuesday.

“It is with great pain that I am leaving the All Progressives Congress (APC) that I helped and laboured to build as a result of the recklessness and absolute lawlessness of Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole, the suspended APC National Chairman,” he said.

Oshiomhole’s “undemocratic and dictatorial tendencies exhibited at all time has become intolerable,” Shaibu added.

“The APC has been hijacked for some personal and selfish interests of an individual called Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole.”

Shaibu also pledged to “stand with the Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseko. Anywhere he is taking his political ambition to, I, Comrade Philip Shaibu, will follow him.”

VIDEO: Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki, Resigns From APC

 

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has formally resigned from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The governor announced this on Tuesday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He made the announcement four days after he was screened out and declared unfit to participate in the APC primary election ahead of the September 19 governorship poll in Edo State.

On Friday last week, the Screening Committee led by Professor Jonathan Ayuba submitted its report to the party’s leadership after it screened Governor Obaseki who is seeking re-election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and four other aspirants.

The other aspirants include Dr Pius Odubu, Chris Ogiemwonyi, Osaro Obazee, and Matthew Iduoriyekemwen.

 

Unfit To Run?

While presenting the committee’s report, Professor Ayuba informed the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and other chieftains at the party’s secretariat that Governor Obaseki and two others were screened out, but Ize-Iyamu and two other aspirants were cleared to participate in the primaries.

He explained that Governor Obaseki was disqualified on the grounds that his HSC and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificates were “defective”.

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, briefing reporters at the State House in Abuja on June 16, 2020.

 

The disqualification of the governor was criticised by some individuals and groups who alleged that it could be a fallout of the lingering dispute between him and his predecessor, Oshiomhole.

Although Governor Obaseki had taken some reconciliatory moves before the screening exercise, he told Channels Television in an earlier interview that he does not expect to get justice.

 

The Party’s Verdict

In his reaction shortly after his disqualification by the screening committee chairman on Democracy Day, the governor said he would not appeal the decision.

A statement by his spokesman, Crusoe Osagie, described the screening exercise as a mockery of the democratic process.

It added that the governor had asserted that there was no way he would get a fair assessment in the run-up to the nomination of the party’s flagbearer in the election.

 

Last Saturday, the Appeal Committee of the APC and the party’s National Working Committee affirmed the disqualification of the governor from the primary election.

Oshiomhole, in his words, said, “We are just following our party constitution. We have a screening committee, they turned out a report…”

Thereafter, the governor met with his counterparts in Rivers and Akwa Ibom, Governor Nyesom Wike and Governor Udom Emmanuel, in their respective states.

There have been speculations that Governor Obaseki may defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to realise his second term ambition, but the governor has yet to disclose his next line of action.

Obaseki Visits Akwa Ibom Governor

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, and Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, at the Government House in Uyo.

 

 

The embattled governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, on Sunday visited his Akwa Ibom State counterpart, Governor Udom Emmanuel.

During the visit to the Government House in Uyo, the state capital, both governors met behind closed doors.

However, details of the meeting were not known as the two governors refused to address reporters at the end of the meeting.

The meeting held amid speculations that Governor Obaseki may defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

On Friday last week, the APC Screening Committee disqualified Governor Obaseki from participating in the party’s primary election for the forthcoming Edo State governorship poll.

This decision was later affirmed by the Appeal Committee of the party, although the embattled governor had said he would not appeal his disqualification.

The development was said to be a fallout of the lingering dispute between the governor and the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, but the latter said the party was following its constitution.

Just before his visit to Akwa Ibom, Governor Obaseki had met with Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, another PDP governor.

Edo APC Recommends Sack Of Obaseki, Others Over Alleged Anti-Party Activities

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC), in Edo State, has recommended the expulsion of Governor Godwin Obaseki, and the Chairman of the party, Anselm Ojezua as well as the state women leader, Dr Aisosa Amadasun from the party.

Speaking at a news conference in Benin City on Sunday, the David Imuse-led executive, also commended the disqualification of Governor Obaseki by the party’s governorship primaries screening committee, noting that the decision will help the party avert a repeat of the scenario which played out in Bayelsa State.

Imuse cited anti-party activities, dragging the party to court without exploring all available internal dispute resolution options as some of the wrongs of those recommended.

Read Also: APC’s NWC Confirms Obaseki’s Disqualification

On Saturday, the National Working Committee had confirmed that the governor was disqualified from participating in the party’s primaries for the upcoming governorship election.

According to the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, Obaseki in addition to presenting faulty certificates, had abused his powers as Governor of the state.

He also accused Obaseki of orchestrating the inauguration of only nine out of 24 members of the State House of Assembly, an act he described as unacceptable to the party.

“Our democracy is founded on a tripod of executive, legislature and the judiciary,” Oshiomhole said. “When a Governor decides to muzzle the legislature, then democracy is dead.”

He insisted that Obaseki frustrated moves to resolve the issue as he obtained court orders restraining the Senate President, the National Assembly and the reconciliation committee from intervening in the matter.

Consequently, Oshiomhole said the party has cleared three persons that will participate in the Edo state primaries: Hon. Pius Odubu, Mr. Osaro Obaze, and Pastor Osagie Eze-Iyamu.

Edo APC Primaries: Obaseki Disqualified Over ‘Leaked’ Results, Aide Alleges

A photo combination of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole
A photo combination of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole

 

Honourable Osaigbovo Iyoha, the Political Adviser to Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has shed more light on the circumstance that led to the disqualification of his principal from the forthcoming primary election of the All Progressives Congress.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, Iyoha alleged that the party’s screening committee disqualified Governor Obaseki because the party’s plan to rig the primaries had been uncovered.

“They have results that were already prepared for this direct primary and somehow the results got leaked.

“They couldn’t get to that direct primaries because they know that the results have been leaked from their own stables.

“So they just looked for the easiest way out. What could they have done? It is to go judge his certificate and say that the man was not qualified,” Iyoha said.

READ ALSO: APC Committee Disqualifies Obaseki, Others From Edo Primary Election

Iyoha regretted that despite the University of Ibadan attesting to the fact that Obaseki is an alumnus of the citadel, the highest decision body of the APC still disqualified the governor.

He noted that the Obaseki camp is fully prepared for the September 19 governorship election in the state.

The governor’s special adviser’s claim comes two days after the ruling party prevented Obaseki from participating in its primaries ahead of the governorship poll in the state.

Governor Obaseki was declared unfit to contest in the exercise for allegedly presenting faulty certificates, and abusing his powers as Governor of Edo State.

There are also recommendations that the governor be sacked and ousted from the party over what some members of the APC have termed anti-party operations.

APC’s NWC Confirms Obaseki’s Disqualification

 

The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress has confirmed the disqualification of Governor Godwin Obaseki to contest the party’s primaries for the Edo state governorship elections.

Making the announcement late Saturday in Abuja, APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole said Obaseki, in addition to presenting faulty certificates, had abused his powers as Governor of Edo State.

He accused Obaseki of orchestrating the inauguration of only nine out of 24 members of the State House of Assembly, an act he described as unacceptable to the party.

READ ALSO: APC Committee Disqualifies Obaseki, Others From Edo Primary Election

“Our democracy is founded on a tripod of executive, legislature and the judiciary,” Oshiomhole said. “When a Governor decides to muzzle the legislature, then democracy is dead.”

He insisted that Obaseki frustrated moves to resolve the issue as he obtained court orders restraining the Senate President, the National Assembly and the reconciliation committee from intervening in the matter.

The APC National Chairman said the party has cleared three persons that will participate in the Edo state primaries: Hon. Pius Odubu, Mr. Osaro Obaze, and Pastor Osagie Eze-Iyamu.

He added that the party’s constitution had empowered the NWC to screen all aspirants for significant political positions.

“Part of the duties and responsibilities of the National Working Committee includes organising primary elections for the nomination of its presidential candidate, governorship candidate, and candidate for election into the national and state assemblies,” Oshiomhole said.

“So the responsibility to carry out this exercise is fully vested in the National Working Committee. And we have exercised these responsibilities to the best of our ability.”

Earlier on Saturday, an APC appeal committee had upheld Obaseki’s disqualification which was first announced by the party’s screening committee on Friday.

The appeal committee, in a press briefing held in Abuja on Saturday, said it was aligning itself with the APC screening committee’s inability to vouch for the authenticity of the NYSC Certificate presented by Governor Obaseki.

Although he rejected the screening committee’s report, Obaseki has said he will not appeal the decision.

The NWC is the highest appeal body in the APC.

APC Appeals Committee Upholds Obaseki’s Disqualification

A file photo of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.
A file photo of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Appeals Committee has upheld the disqualification of Governor Godwin Obaseki from participating in its governorship primary in Edo state.

The Appeals Committee, in a press briefing held in Abuja on Saturday, said it was aligning itself with the APC screening committee’s inability to vouch for the authenticity of the NYSC Certificate presented by Governor Obaseki.

Speaking after the Committee’s announcement, APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole said the party’s National Working Committee will now meet to deliberate on the screening report, in order to make a final decision.

READ ALSO: APC Committee Disqualifies Obaseki, Others From Edo Primary Election

Mr. Oshiomhole said the NWC will meet right away after which they will address the press.

Governor Obaseki’s disqualification was announced on Friday.

Although he rejected the screening committee’s report, Obaseki has said he will not appeal the decision.