The immediate past National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Architect Waziri Bulama, has revealed measures the party took to stop Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State from joining the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In an interview with Daily Trust, Bulama, who was the deputy director-general (coordination) of the presidential campaign of the party in 2019, said the APC explored various options to keep Obaseki.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC Governors Forum tried talking to the Edo state governor but all moves failed.
Bulama said: “President Buhari talked to Obaseki; he appealed to all the stakeholders and the APC Governors Forum sent a delegation led by Ganduje.
“The party set up a committee led by the senate president; Obaseki said he did not want, claiming he was biased.
“They sent another team. Look, all these options and others were explored but unfortunately, all these did not work and it led to a point, regrettably, where Obaseki left the party.
“But thank God, we are as a party held on to the process and continued with the process for the emergence of a candidate.
“It is our hope that having successfully concluded the process that led to the emergence of a candidate and flag bearer of the party, we hope that the leadership of the APC would work together as a team and as a family to carry out the campaign in a cohesive and united manner to see the victory of the party in Edo State.”
Naija News reports that while Governor Obaseki emerged the governorship candidate of the PDP, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu picked the governorship ticket of the APC.
They would both challenge for the Edo governorship seat in the September 19 election.