Edo PDP Secretary Labels Governor Obaseki a Curse to the Party

Edo PDP Secretary’s Critique of Governor Obaseki

The Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State, Hillary Otsu, has voiced strong criticism of the state’s governor, Godwin Obaseki.

Otsu categorically stated that Obaseki has proven to be a curse rather than a blessing to the party in the state.

Obaseki’s Records and Precedents

Otsu emphasized that unlike his predecessors within the PDP in Edo, Governor Obaseki’s records and precedents within the party have had a detrimental impact on both the party itself and the people of Edo State.

Obaseki’s Defection and Background

It is worth noting that Obaseki joined the PDP in June 2020 after leaving the All Progressives Congress (APC) while seeking re-election for a second term as governor.

This move was prompted by his disqualification from seeking re-election on the APC platform, attributed to alleged issues with the submission of his educational certificates.

Election Outcomes Under Obaseki’s Leadership

Secretary Otsu pointed out the electoral outcomes during Obaseki’s tenure.

He noted that under Obaseki’s leadership, Edo State not only lost the presidential election but also failed to secure a single National Assembly seat.

Comparison with Previous Years

In a comparative analysis, Otsu highlighted the difference between Obaseki’s era and previous years when Chief Dan Orbih led the PDP as a strong opposition party.

During those times, the PDP consistently secured at least two Senate seats and a minimum of four or five House of Representatives seats in Edo State.

Perceived Impact on Edo’s Political Landscape

Otsu further asserted that the negative impact of Obaseki’s presence in the PDP can be observed on the streets of Benin City and other major cities in Edo.

He indicated that many voters were dissatisfied with the candidates fielded by Obaseki and opted to support candidates from other parties.

Unprecedented Victories for Other Parties

The Edo PDP Secretary pointed out that, in some instances, voters supported candidates from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Labour Party, resulting in unprecedented victories for those parties.

He cited examples such as the loss of Edo Central and South Senatorial seats by the PDP and the success of a Labour candidate in the Edo South Senate seat.

Legacy PDP’s Influence

Otsu concluded by suggesting that there was an uncoordinated effort to demonstrate that Obaseki was not a popular governor.

He noted that many were pleased that the national body of the PDP recognized the importance of the Legacy PDP in Edo, implying that Obaseki’s success in the state’s politics depended on this faction of the party.

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