One of the aspirants contesting the Edo governorshp election on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), Don Pedro Obaseki has said it was becoming obvious that the outcome of trhe primaries was already pre-determined to favour a particular aspirant.
He noted that the coming primaries of the APC would be the most expensive in the history of the state as he alleged that the about 3,000 delegates would be bribed with N200,000.
He said that the delegates were just waiting to rubber stamp the aspirant.
Obaseki said despite assurances from the party leadership that the coming governorship primary election would be free and fair, it was screwed against him and therefore decided to withdraw from the APC and hoped to contest the election under a new platform which he is yet to disclose.
He told journalists on Monday that he was still consulting and that in few days time, he would declare his next destination.
Obaseki who is the nephew to a leading aspirant in the party in the state, Godwinn Obaseki noted that he has lost faith in the primaries process of the APC but insisted that “I am undoubtedly running for, and shall contest the 2016 Edo governorship election slated for September 10, 2016”
“I have lost faith in the primary process. Unfortunately I was in Abuja on Thursday and I stumbled into a document that I cannot divulge to the public for security reasons that makes it obviously clear that all those who are buying or who have bought their forms to contest the primaries of the APC are wasting their time. As an academic and someone who is guided by thesis antithesis and syntheses, I elected to withdraw my intention to contest the primaries of the APC, I will not tell you that I am no longer a member of the APC buy I am more interested in being an E.D.O. (Empower, Develop and Opportunities) man than an APC man, I will rather be an EDO man than being a PDP. I am not running for the election as an APC candidate anymore I am running for the election as EDO candidate on September 10.
“I have therefore elected upon wide consultations with my immediate and extended family, supporters, friends and well wishers, not to pay the unwholesome of N5,500,000 for the expression of interest, and nomination forms of the APC”
“As a progressive, this is a painful, heart-wrenching decision for me. But I will rather sacrifice my APCness, so as to raise the banner of my EDOnes. Edo is my life and lifeline. Edo is in my DNA. I call on our youths, women, elders, traditional and religious fathers to aid us in this herculean task of making Edo truly great.”