PDP primary: Obaseki tightens grip on party as senator, others step down for Edo gov’s aspirant

Senator Clifford Ordia and the member of the House of Representatives, representing Esan West, Esan Central and Igueben Federal Constituency, Marcus Onobun, have stepped down from the race to pick the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship ticket in Edo state.

The duo also declared their total support for Asue Ighodalo, a former Chairman of Sterling Bank Plc.

Ighodalo, 64, a lawyer and boardroom guru, is the preferred candidate of Governor Godwin Obaseki ahead of the PDP primary.

The endorsements joined the list of several other endorsements by other aspirants and groups for Asue Ighodalo, who appeared to be the most preferred for the party’s governorship ticket.

Recall that two leading aspirants of the party, Friday Itulah and Kenneth Ahbulimen, had, during the week, stepped down, declaring support for Ighodalo, citing patriotism and the interest of Esan and Edo people for their decisions.

Onobun’s endorsement of Ighodalo was conveyed in a letter he signed following his inability to attend the screening of aspirants of Esan’s extraction due to the funeral ceremony of his grandfather, Pa Iregbeyen Onobun.

According to him, his decision to step down and collapse his structure for Ighodalo followed due consultation and in the spirit of sportsmanship and respect for the leaders of Esan land.




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