Emmanuel Ogidi, zonal vice-chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, is welcome in the party ahead of its primary election in the state on June 20.
Ogidi assures all aspirants a level-playing field, saying the party will not reject anyone.
Ogidi, who spoke on Monday in Benin at the PDP secretariat shortly after a meeting with the Tony Aziegbemi-led state Executive Committee (EXCO), dismissed insinuations that the party has approved Obaseki for the September election.
He debunked the rumour currently making the rounds that the governor planned to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the PDP, and run on the ticket of the main opposition party, following his disagreement with Adams Oshiomhole, APC’s national chairman.
The PDP zonal vice-chairman expressed optimistic that his party will win the forthcoming election.
He pointed out that the doors of the party remain opened to anybody willing to join, as long as the defectors are prepared to abide by its constitution.
He said: “If Governor Obaseki comes, we will take him. We can’t drive anybody from entering. Our doors are wide opened. I am not, however, aware that he has started negotiations with us with a view to defecting. If the governor has seen the light and wants to come to the PDP, he is welcome.
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“We have a procedure. There is going to be primary. The PDP does not award. If you win the primary, you become the candidate. We have started selling forms. The sale of forms ends on Friday. After that, we screen. After then, we go for primary and whoever wins is the candidate.”
While predicting victory for the PDP in September, Aziegbemi, however, harped on unity as the reality on the ground favours a change, as a result of the internal wrangling and perceived lacklustre performance of the APC in the last 11 years in the state.