BENIN CITY—BARELY 11 days to the primaries of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State, a governorship aspirant of the party, Mr Don Obaseki, Monday, announced his withdrawal from the race, saying that he has lost faith in the scheduled primaries of the party.
He said he hopes to contest the governorship election under another platform which he said he will make public after consulting with his supporters.
Obaseki who also is the nephew to another APC governorship aspirant, Godwin Obaseki, told journalists that he does not believe that the primaries of the APC will be free and fair, saying “I am undoubtedly running for, and shall contest the 2016 Edo governorship election slated for September 10, 2016.
“I have lost faith in the APC primaries process. Unfortunately, I was in Abuja on Thursday and I stumbled on a document that I cannot divulge to the public for security reasons that makes it clear that all those who are buying or who had bought their forms to contest the primaries of the APC are wasting their time.
“As an academic and someone who is guided by thesis antithesis and syntheses, I elected to withdraw my intention to contest the primaries of APC, I will not tell you that I am no longer a member of the APC but I am more interested in being an E.D.O. (Empower, Develop and Opportunities) man than an APC man, I will rather be an EDO man than being a PDP. I am not running for the election as an APC candidate anymore, I am running for the election as EDO candidate on September 10.
“I have therefore, embarked on wide consultations with my immediate and extended family, supporters, friends and well-wishers and I won’t advise any of the aspirants to pay the whole sum of N5,500,000 for the expression of interest, and nomination forms of the APC. The coming primaries of APC will be the most expensive in our history because there are plans to bribe the about 3,000 delegates with N200,000 each.”