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Edo: Obaseki mulls defection to Labour Party

INDICATIONS emerged on Thursday that there is uncertainty among Governor Godwin Obaseki and his numerous supporters that defected with him from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as there is a move for defection to another political party, preferably the Labour Party (LP).

  HLJN reliably gathered that some political associates of Obaseki had been putting pressure on him that he should allow them to defect to LP and from there contest elections into the local government councils and also contest in the 2023 elections.

  It was gathered that some supporters of the governor who are pushing for the move met with selected coordinators across the 18 local government areas of the state with the possibility of them going to the party.

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 But it was gathered that the Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu who just returned from an overseas trip is not favorably disposed to the idea of leaving the PDP for another party as he was said to be wary of a possible backlash to the move may generate.

  A chieftain of the PDP who is close to Saibu told HLJN “The Deputy Governor is not disposed to leaving the PDP despite what is happening there. He prefers that we resolve the issues instead of leaving the party again and he believes that leaving the PDP could erode the public sympathy they have enjoyed from the people of Edo State.

 “The deputy governor believes that the issues can be sorted out and he is going to have a meeting with the governor and we will be addressed that on Saturday.”    

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