The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has formally resigned from the All Progressives Congress (APC) after his disqualification from his former political party’s forthcoming gubernatorial elections by the APC screening committee.
Recall that the embattled governor has been at loggerheads with his predecessor and the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, since last year over the control of Edo chapter of the ruling APC.
Obaski who did not announce the party which he would be contesting the governorship election noted that he will publicly make known his next political party once ongoing consultation is concluded.
Briefing state house correspondents on Tuesday in Abuja, the governor explained that his running battle with Oshiomhole and the party leadership culminated into his resignation, adding that he came to informed the President on his move.
“You remember in my last tweet, I said that I’ll make a decision after my disqualification was announced by APC, that I’ll make a decision after I’ve consulted with the leadership and my supporters in Edo State and also having informed the President.
“Just here today to inform you that I have now decided, formally, to resign my membership of the All Progressives Congress. Having done that I will now announce in the next few days my specific line of action and what platform I will be contesting the gubernatorial election on.
“I’m sure the whole country knows and is aware of what has gone on with me and the party chairman and party leadership, which culminated in my disqualification as a gubernatorial aspirant and upon that unfortunate decision by the chairman of the All Progressives Congress, I’ve decided to go and seek my gubernatorial aspiration on another platform”, he said.
The Guild reports that barely 72 hours after Obaseki was disqualified by APC from the state gubernatorial race, a denial of his second term ticket, the governor began signaling his next line of action by identifying with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Obaseki’s first move which indicates his intention to fight to the finish was his visit to River State Governor, Nyesom Wike, one of PDP ruling state governor.