A governorship aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Kenneth Imasuagbon, has vowed that no amount of plea it pressure will make him succumb stepping down for Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki to secure the party ticket.
Governor Godwin Obaseki, who visited the national secretariat of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Saturday, picked his expression of interest and nomination forms at the party’s national office ahead of the September 19 governorship election.
Imasuagbon said it would be absurd for him to jettison his 16-year-old political struggle towards becoming a governor by stepping aside for Obaseki who joined the party a few days to the primary.
He said, “The contemplation of me stepping down is preposterous.
“You can’t ask me to step down after my (political) struggle for the past 16 years. Why? How do I explain that to the people who laboured for me in the past 16 years? Even in the dream, I can’t have such a thought.
“Nobody should reach out to me.
“That is of no value to me.
“There is no advantage to him (Obaseki).
“Let there not be intimidation or any form of manipulation of the process by the leadership of the party at the national level,” he said during an interview with one of our correspondents on Friday.
Meanwhile, 17 out of the 27 members of the executives of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ward 10, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State have lifted the suspension on Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
Emuakemeh Sule, Secretary of the ward, disclosed this to journalists in Abuja on Saturday.
Oshiomhole was suspended by the party in November following his protracted disagreement with Governor Godwin Obaseki.
It was on this basis a high court in the Federal Capital Territory ordered his suspension as the party’ National Chairman.
Newsflash247 had reported on Tuesday, June 16, that the Court of Appeal in Abuja had upheld the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
An FCT High Court had on March 4 granted an application by six members of the APC in Edo State suspending Oshiomhole from office.
A three-member panel of justices led by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem held that Oshiomhole’s appeal challenging his suspension was unmeritorious.
In a judgment delivered by Justice Mohammed Lamido, on Tuesday, the three-man panel dismissed Oshiomhole’s appeal for lacking in merit.
Governor Obaseki before defeated to the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, and his predecessor, Oshiomhole have been at loggerheads over the governor’s second term bid and other issues.
The feud between Obaseki and Oshiomhole has polarised the party in Edo State.
Obaseki asked Oshiomhole to recuse himself from the nomination processes of the primary but the party did not act on his request.
The faction loyal to Oshiomhole endorsed Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as its consensus candidate for the June 22 governorship primary election of the party.