The coast is getting clearer for Governor Godwin Obaseki ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party’S (PDP) primary election as a major aspirant of the party in Edo state, Mr Gideon Ikhine, has stepped down from the governorship primaries for Governor Obaseki.
Ikhine said Governor Obaseki’s defection to the party was God’s great answer to the party and his aspiration.
The decision was made known by Ikhine, a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), on Monday, June 22 at his campaign secretariat in the state capital, Benin.
Governor Obaseki, the PDP state party chairman, Dr Tony Aziegbemi and other party leaders from across the state were in attendance at the briefing.
Ikhine revealed that he is supporting Obaseki with all he has and his supporters are doing the same to ensure that a better tomorrow in Edo state.
Obaseki replied by appreciating Engineer Ikhine for aligning with him and the event is historic considering political landscape (with landmines) in the state.
Obaseki said Ikhine’s rare show of the spirit of ‘sportsmanship’ will sustain the developmental strides in Edo state, as the PDP primary election draws near.
He said: “He brings with him a structure spread across 192 wards, and we appreciate the show of solidarity.”
Governor Obaseki also commended the aspirant for reconciling with the party by identifying the lapses in Edo PDP and ensuring that the lapses were addressed.
He noted that governance ought to be about the people and not about a few individuals.
Ikhine is an experienced and well-respected politician in Edo state, whose first stint into politics was between 1987 and 1988, during political parties formation in the Third Republic.