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Edo Election: PDP Will Lose If I am Not Their Candidate – Philip Shaibu 

The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, has said that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will lose if the party fails to field him as its candidate in the forthcoming state governorship election.

Shaibu stated this while speaking in an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Friday.

Shuaibu maintained that he is the authentic candidate of the party for the September 21 election, saying that Edo people do not want Ighodalo, whom he said is not a homeboy.

“The option is for the PDP not to go and argue against my candidacy, if they do that PDP will lose Edo State. Edo people do not want Asue Ighodalo to be the governor of Edo State because he is not a homeboy they know.

“They are looking for someone that they know, somebody they can feel, somebody they can touch. PDP has a date with history, delegates have spoken that they want Shaibu and I can bet you that the other eight aspirants will support Shuaibu if they back him.

“If the party decides to join us in court to argue for Ighodalo, then winning Edo State for PDP will be shaky because Asue will not be accepted by the people,” 

The deputy governor faulted the primary that produced Ighodalo, saying that it was organised by the state party executive instead of the national executive of the party.

Shaibu insisted that he was elected by the authentic delegates of the party in the state.

“I was elected by the authentic delegates, what is key is who are those that elected the governor’s preferred candidate Asue and who are those that elected Philip Shaibu? I think in the coming days we will know who among them are authentic.”

RovingNaija News recalls that Asue Ighodalo won the PDP primary at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City on Thursday, while Shaibu won the parallel election at a different venue.

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Rita Elenwo

Rita Aletor- Elenwo, is a professional journalist with experience in broadcast, print and online reporting. A proud citizen of Edo state, Nigeria (Esan South East Local Government) Rita had her first degree in philosophy from Ebonyi State University (2008), PGD, in Communication from the University of Port Harcourt (2020), and currently in pursuit of an MSC degree in communication. Rita (nee Aletor-) is happily married with lovely children.

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