Obaseki vows not to leave PDP for another party, no matter the pressure

Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Saturday said he has no plan to leave the opposition Peoples Democratic Party to join another political party.

Obaseki left the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the months leading to the 2020 Edo state governorship election over disagreement with his erstwhile god father and then chairman of the ruling party, Adams Osholmole.

Obaseki who made the disclosure while speaking in Benin during a banquet to mark the Alaghodaro Summit, said his party affiliation will not alter development plans for the state as his government is committed to ensuring a progressive and prosperous Edo state.

He said: “No matter the persuasion to join any political party, I will not. I will continue to provide leadership for all Edo people. We don’t need to join another political party to develop Edo state to become a home for all.

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“Our goal is to position Edo where it should be, as our state has been created to provide leadership for this country; that is how it has been and will always be.

According to him, the Alaghodaro Summit is a platform through which his administration will prepare Edo youths for leadership positions.

“Our politics is being driven by data. We will continue to do our best as a government to make life better for our people who trusted us with their votes,” he said.

“In the last five years, we have been in the foundation laying stage for the development of Edo state. That era has passed and now, it’s time to move as fast as possible in developing the state as the challenges and barriers have been taken care of.”

Former APC national chairman, John Oyegun, who also spoke at the occasion, praised Obaseki for curbing “irregular migration” in the state.

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“Today, our youths are no longer traveling through the Mediterranean Sea as you have curbed the menace of irregular migration. Our youths are now being prepared for the future with the use of technology,” he said.

“When Edo prospers, the nation will prosper; our artifacts are all over the world, our achievements are all over; this is what Alaghodaro is all about.”


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