Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The governor made the announcement on Friday at the Party’s Secretariat in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
Revealing via his confirmed Twitter handle, the governor wrote, “I have officially joined the @OfficialPDPNig to advance my ambition to seek re-election as Governor of Edo State.
“I, as always, remain committed to engendering good governance and sustainable development of our dear state.”
Also, the PDP announced the defection on its verified Twitter handle, saying, “The Governor of Edo State, H. E. Governor Obaseki has defected to our great Party, the @OfficialPDPNig. The declaration was made this afternoon at the state Secretariat of our party in Benin city, Edo State. Power to the people.”
In the video that accompanied the tweet, Obaseki made his declaration to all Nigerians “within the state and across the country, to become a member of PDP.”
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Party had earlier considered waivers for the governor while it postponed its primary election scheduled for June 19 and June 20.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan said, “The NWC of the party has postponed the Edo State governorship primary election earlier scheduled for Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20, 2020, to a new date of Tuesday, June 23, 2020. This decision is predicated on the exigencies of party activities.”
Obaseki, who recently dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) following his disqualification from its primary election, had recently met with some PDP governors to perfect his defection plan.
According to the Independent National Electoral Commission, the governorship election in the state is slated for September 19.