It’s not right to dump PDP and decamp to APC now – Obaseki

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By Nwafor Sunday

The newly elected governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki has said that it would be unfair to dump the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that gave him ticket to contest against other parties and join All Progressives Congress, APC, that disqualified him from participating in its primary election.

”Gleaning from the comments of Mr President, he said that he wants to leave a democracy that is built on integrity, accountability and hard work. Those were his words and I subscribe totally to that.

“It will not show integrity; it will not demonstrate somebody that has ethical or moral foundation to do what you asked about. I couldn’t have contested in one party, won on that party and then consider moving to another party.

“It is not the kind of thing to do, it’s not the right thing to do and I am sure you will not encourage me to do that”, Obaseki said.

The governor who defeated his close rival, Pastor Ize-Iyamu of APC, with about 84 thousand votes disclosed this when he met with President Muhammadu Buhari in the state house.

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He said: ”So, this morning we are here in the villa to show our profound gratitude and appreciation for this, which on the surface will look normal but the implications are very far reaching. Because, this is a sitting president whose party’s was contesting an election and insisted that the right thing be done and a level playing field be created for contestants. By doing so, that singular action has deepened our democracy, far beyond what we can understand and imagine today.

”So, for that act alone, we felt we must come and say thank you. Mr President in his characteristic humorous manner, said he reluctantly congratulated me for beating his party.  He also pointed that his role first we foremost as president of Nigeria, is to be president of all regardless of your party, race, tribe, creed. We couldn’t ask for more from Mr President, he really played the role of a statesman.

On Godfatherism

”In the case of godfathers in our politics, I have said in several fora that the whole concept of godfatherism is very dangerous to our democracy. And that is why when we came into the political fray 2006/2007, the mantra then was to get rid of godfathers from our political life.

”The reason is simple, the godfather has no constitutional responsibility, the godfather acts outside the constitution and controls people who are constitutional players. So, if we allow that sort of situation to continue, it will be worse than military rule. When people who have nothing at stake, no checks and balance, just arbitrarily decide that this is the way the constitution should be interpreted or constitutional players should operate, that’s why problems come in.

”God forbid I become a godfather, I should be dealt with accordingly because it’s dangerous to the concept of democracy.”

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