PDP reschedules Edo governorship primary, grants waiver to Obaseki


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has again postponed its primary election to choose a flagbearer for the Edo state governorship poll.

On Thursday, the party announced that it had rescheduled the exercise which was initially set for June 19. It subsequently fixed it for June 23.

But in a statement on Friday, the party’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the primary election has now been shifted to June 25.

“The NWC has further shifted the Edo State Governorship Primary from an earlier slated date of Tuesday, June 23 to a new date of Thursday, June 25, 2020. The shift is again predicated on exigencies of party activities,” the statement read.

The announcement was made hours after Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo, joined the PDP from the All Progressives Congress (APC) following his disqualification from the party’s governorship race.

Obaseki has now been granted a waiver to contest the primary of the PDP.

“The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has granted waiver to Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki to contest the Edo governorship election primary.

“The action of the NWC is pursuant to Section 29(2)(b) of the PDP constitution and in exercise of the powers of the National Executive Committee under Section (50)(3)(b) of the PDP constitution.

“The NWC in exercise of the above powers has ratified the application for waiver by the ward, local government and state executives of the party in Edo State and accordingly grants waiver to His Excellency, Governor Godwin Obaseki to enable him contest the gubernatorial primary of the PDP,” Ologbodiyan wrote.

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