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Obaseki to be blamed for absence of governorship candidate - Edo PDP Secretary

Otsu said it was incumbent on Obaseki and NWC to initiate a genuine reconciliation process that would bring about unity in PDP in Edo.

Edo state Governor, Godwin Obaseki. [Twitter/@GovernorObaseki]

Otsu said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party should also share in the blame.

He was reacting to the prospects of the party failing to have a candidate for the election given the crisis that trailed its ward congress election. Most of the governorship aspirants rejected the outcome of the congresses which will form the nucleus of voters in the primaries.

However, the chairman of the congress election committee, Gov. Peter Mbah of Enugu, said the elections were transparent. Otsu said it was incumbent on Obaseki and NWC to initiate a genuine reconciliation process that would bring about unity in PDP in Edo.

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“I believe that everything is about politics and can be resolved as such. The earlier this (reconciliation) is done the better.

“But if it is left to fester, then we stand the unfortunate risk of not fielding a candidate.

“In this case, the governor and the NWC must be ready to take responsibility for, as far as Edo 2024 is concerned”, he said.

The secretary also said that the state executive committee was not satisfied with the ongoing process to pick the state’s party governorship candidate. According to him, no one can be satisfied with a process that he alleged is flawed from the start.

“The mere fraud of depositing the congress materials in the custody of the state governor for “safe keeping” negates the principle of fairness in the process.

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“I am sure that is why nine aspirants out of ten have protested, coupled with the fact that they were excluded’’, he added.

He said their reactions could not be faulted given the huge investment they made, including about ₦40 million each, just to buy forms.

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