The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday granted Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, a waiver to contest for elective office on its platform.
This comes shortly after the embatled governor decamped to the main opposition PDP earlier in the day and subsequently picked up his membership card at the party’s secretariat in Benin City.
Addressing party officials, the governor said he automatically becomes the PDP leader in the state following his defection.
He also reiterated his commitment to providing quality leadership and pledged to lead the party to victory in the September 19 governorship election.
Obaseki 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.”
Obaseki earlier on Friday officially joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following his resignation from the ruling All Progressives Congress on Tuesday.