Edo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has disassociated itself from the news making rounds that a Chieftain of the party, Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion endorsed the state governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki.
Chief Igbinedion allegedly endorsed Obaseki’s performance when he paid a courtesy visit to the governor at the Government House, in Benin City, the Edo State Capital, to invite him to the 20th-anniversary celebration of Igbinedion University, Okada.
The chief was reported to have said”Don’t listen to sides talks; we will join hands with you to defeat politics of stomach infrastructure in the state. We see your performance. Remain focused and be silent. Just work, as the people will fight for you when the time comes,” Chief Igbinedion said, expressly pledging support for the governor in the coming elections in Edo State.”
In a statement on Thursday by the State Publicity Secretary Mr Chris Nehikhare, the PDP said it was not normal for the leader of a political party to endorse the candidate of another party.
“Our attention has been drawn to the private visits to the governor of Edo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki by Chieftains of our party including the respected Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, and Chief Tom Ikimi.
“The visits were private and so were the comments, discussions and purported endorsements credited to them.
“Edo PDP hereby disassociates itself from all that transpired between the aforementioned leaders and the Governor. It is abnormal and not politically suave for party leaders to endorse aspirants of another party other than the candidate of their party.
“However, at the appropriate time in accordance with our party’s constitution, a credible PDP candidate will be nominated to contest the Edo State 2020 Governorship election to liberate the state from poverty, insecurity, unemployment and unimaginable colossal debts.”
The PDP noted the neglects of many projects in Edo state by the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, adding that the state has experienced infrastructural decay for the past 11 years.
The party said: “In the last three years, this government has been on a merry-go-round. The “commissioned” 5 star specialist hospital is still home to reptiles, Tayo Akpata University of Education, an unfulfilled political greek gift, College of Agriculture Ogierieki, a victim of policy lip-service, the gele gele sea port project is still a mirage and the industrial park is still at the MOU level. To mention a few!
“Taxes and levies are at an all time high and the condition of infrastructure unchanged in the last 11 years of the APC Edo State government.
Edo earnestly needs a CHANGE in government to right all the wrongs.
To all Edo people, members and supporters of PDP you will have a choice to make between the umbrella of comfort and the broom of hardship. A PDP government will liberate our state from the APC government that is insensitive to the plight of our people. The echoes of freedom are in the streets and PDP remains the preferred choice of our people.