Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has called on Governor Godwin Obaseki to remain loyal to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and not to dump the party after the state governorship election.
Fayose, who gave the advice to the Edo State Governor via his verified Twitter handle on Thursday. believes Governor Obaseki, who is seeking re-election, will win.
He, however, asked the governor to remember his agreement with the PDP and not return to the All Progressives Congress (APC) where he defected from.
Fayose noted that while he was neither a fan of Governor Obaseki nor Adams Oshiomhole, it was important for the governor not to betray the PDP for “flimsy excuses”.
Governor Obaseki has been at war with his predecessor and former APC national chairman – Oshiomhole while both men have traded a series of blames and accusations.
Although they denied the rift sometimes last year, the dispute has deepened as the forthcoming election approaches.
Amid the crisis in the state chapter of the APC, the PDP governorship candidate in the 2016 governorship election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, defected to the APC In November 2019.
This, among several other developments, led to the emergence of two factions of the party in Edo – one loyal to Obaseki and the other in support of Oshiomhole.
In the build-up to the election, Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu, and four others declared their interest to represent the APC in the poll.
The governor and two other aspirants were, however, disqualified by the party’s screening committee for the primary election – a decision that was upheld by the party’s national leadership.
This led to his defection from the APC to the PDP where he emerged as the party’s candidate in the election.
On the other hand, Ize-Iyamu who was cleared alongside two other aspirants by the screening committee, went on to win the APC’s ticket for the election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had fixed September 19 to conduct the poll.