Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, has given reasons his Edo State counterpart, Godwin Obaseki, would overcome the political challenges in the State’s chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and emerge the party’s flagbearer in the forthcoming governorship election in the State.
Fintiri, who is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s Chairman of Ward Congresses Committee for Edo 2020 election, made the prediction about Obaseki while speaking to journalists Monday on arrival at the Benin Airport.
According to him, Obaseki is a democrat and has behaved as one by creating the environment for the PDP to have a successful event, by providing the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium for the use.
“Obaseki is a democrat; he has given us a venue for the event and we didn’t expect less from him. “He will also lodge me in the Government House Quarters, which is normal,” he said.
He added; “I believe Obaseki will overcome, and we will also overcome our challenges and meet at the election.” He assured of fair process in the emergence of a candidate for the PDP in the Edo 2020 election.
“As chairman of the Committee, We will ensure a level playing ground and see that the best candidate emerges to contest with the APC candidate."
The other six aspirants contesting to be the party's flagbearer in the state are: Gov. Obaseki, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Rt. Hon. Dr. Pius Odubu, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, Hon. Osaro Obazee and Hon. Matthew Aigbuhuenze Iduoriyekemwen.
A member of the NWC of the APC said “dangerous” discrepancies had been uncovered in the forms submitted by Obaseki to the party’s secretariat in Abuja.
The party chieftain, who did not want to be named, said those who were against the candidature of the governor were going to capitalise on the discrepancies to disqualify him.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigeria’s electoral body, had fixed the governorship election in Edo for September 19.