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Don-Pedro Obaseki, a former governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Obaseki, a cousin to the APC governorship candidate, Godwin Obaseki, made this known when he hosted some PDP leaders led by the state chairman, Dan Orbih and the party’s governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, at his Benin home on Sunday, July 24.
According to him, his decision to defect to the PDP is aimed at stopping Governor Adams Oshiomhole from imposing a “surrogate” as his successor.
Obaseki had declared to run for the governorship election on the platform of the Accord Party (AP) after dumping APC, but his name was not included in the list of aspirants recently published the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
However, the former Managing Director of Daar Communications Plc cited alleged discrimination and lack of transparency within the APC as elements that triggered his decision to join the PDP.
“If I have decided to join my brothers, I have decided to join this my brother (Ize-Iyamu). More than anything, I am passionate about driving Oshiomhole and the APC out of Edo,” he said. “Edo people should be allowed to decide who should lead them and not by imposing a surrogate.”
Obaseki withdrew from the race for the APC governorship ticket, 48 hours after the leadership of the party assured aspirants in Edo state of a level playing ground in the primaries.
He told journalists that he had lost faith in the primaries of the APC. He said it was becoming obvious to him that the outcome of the primaries was already pre-determined to favour a particular aspirant and that the delegates were just waiting to rubber-stamp the aspirant.