Edo 2024: Philip Shaibu To PDP – Reject My Governorship Candidacy At Your Peril

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The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Comrade Philip Shaibu, has warned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against rejecting him as the Governorship flag bearer of the Party for the State except it is ready to lose the State gubernatorial election.

Shaibu, who gave the warning when he featured on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Friday, February 23, 2024, insisted that he remains the authentic candidate of the PDP for the September 21, election.

In the PDP Governorship primary conducted by officials of the Party sent by the National secretariat and witnessed by INEC, Senator Asue Ighodalo won the primary election which took place at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City on Thursday, February 22 while Comrade Shaibu was declared winner of a parallel election he allegedly organised at a different venue.

In spite of the outcome of the PDP primary, the Deputy Governor stated that Edo people do not want Ighodalo, whom he said is not a ‘homeboy’.

Specifically faulting the primary that produced Ighodalo, Comrade Shaibu stressed that it was organised by the State Party Executive as against the National Executive of the party, adding that members of the Party State Executive and the governor are supporters of Ighodalo and can therefore not conduct a free, fair and an unbiased election.

The Deputy Governor insisted that he was duly elected by the authentic delegates of the party in the state.

In the words of Shaibu; “The option is for the PDP not to go and argue against my candidacy. If they do that, PDP will lose Edo State. Edo people do not want Asue Ighodalo to be the governor of Edo State because he is not a homeboy they know.

“They are looking for someone that they know, somebody they can feel, somebody they can touch. PDP has a date with history. The delegates have spoken that they want Shuaibu.

“If the party decides to join us in court to argue for Ighodalo, then PDP winning Edo State will be shaky because Asue will not be accepted by the people.

“I was elected by the authentic delegates. What is key is who are those that elected the Governor’s preferred candidate, Asue and who are those that elected Philip Shaibu? I think in the coming days we will know who among them are authentic,” he declared.

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