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Okowa, Obaseki, Other High-ranking PDP Leaders Meet In The Spirit Of Old Bendel State


Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, on Sunday, met his Edo counterpart, Mr Godwin Obaseki who few days ago defected from the All Progressive Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the September 19 Governorship election in the state. 

The two leaders alongside other high-ranking leaders of the PDP met at the Government House in Benin City, the Edo State Capital.

Governor Okowa said that the meeting held in the ‘spirit of old Bendel state’, was to welcome Governor Obaseki for joining the “biggest party in Africa”.

“Today, in the spirit of old Bendel State, I was in Edo State to felicitate with my brother, Governor Godwin Obaseki, for joining the biggest party in Africa, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Okowa tweeted in his verified twitter account.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Governor, Comrade Phillip Shaibu; former Governor Lucky Igbinedion; National Vice Chairman, PDP Elder Emmanuel Ogidi; Edo State PDP Chairman Mr Tony Aziegbeni; former Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Mike Ogiadhome; Senator Matthew Urhoghide, Chief Tom Ikimi, former Works Minister Arc. Mike Onolememem among others.

Addressing newsmen shortly after the meeting, Governor Okowa, said he was in Benin to formerly welcome his brother Governor, Obaseki to PDP and to assure him of the support of the Governors of the South South in the oncoming election in the state. 

According to him, PDP is a great party built around the people and would always work in the interest of the people.

He appealed to all members of the party to ensure they work together going forward to deliver the party in the coming elections.

“I came here today to felicitate with my brother Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki for joining us at the biggest party in Africa.

“I welcome him today because in the spirit of the old Bendel, we are united as brothers.

“I want to thank our party people in Edo State for opening their arms to welcome the Governor.

“I know that he has been doing a great job in the state with several restrictions and I know that having come to PDP where there are no restrictions, he will do more for the people,” he said 

On his part, Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki thanked his Delta counterpart for the visit assuring that he will do everything possible to ensure victory for the party in the state. 

He said the PDP is a big united party in Edo adding that whoever emerges in the governorship primaries will get the support of the people.

“I made it a point of duty not to take the PDP membership card until i must have visited all the aspirants for Governorship in the PDP as a mark of respect for them.

“As I have come to join you, my doors are opened. There are lots of work to do. As a united House we can go home and conquer. I want to thank you for welcoming me to the party. By the grace of God we will return power to the people in the state,” he stated.

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Joe Ogbodu is a prolific writer with so many years in investigative journalism. He is a media consultant and co-Publisher of BIGPEN NIGERIA. He currently serves as Principal Consultant at PenTimes Communication Synergy. Ogbodu hone his skills in the media industry right from his days in the Delta Government owned POINTER Newspaper as Bureau Chief, from there he joined the defunct Compass Newspaper as Bureau Chief in oil city Of Warri in 2008. Before delving into online publishing, Ogbodu cut his teeth as general staff writer with Nigerian-owned US based THEWILL and as Nigeria Editor for the defunct The Netherlands "Inside Niger Delta Magazine" up-to 2015 when he went into partnership with some friends to float the BIGPEN NIGERIA. Ogbodu now serves as Political Editor for Report Afrique.

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