Nigeria’s main opposition political party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has said its doors are open for Obaseki if he decides to join the party.
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, disclosed this to newsmen on Friday night while reacting to the disqualification of Governor Obaseki from the APC primary.
The PDP spokesman, however, said Obaseki had yet to approach the party for membership as at Friday evening, even as he explained that Obaseki would not get automatic ticket.
Ologbondiyan clarified that joining a party was different from contesting an election, pointing out that people join political parties from their wards and that so far the Edo state chapter had yet to notify the National PDP that Obaseki had joined the party.
Three aspirants seeking the PDP ticket for the Edo election had already been screened, signaling the close of nominations.
However, there had been clues on Friday indicating that the PDP had envisaged Obaseki’s eventual defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition party had prepared ahead for him.
A party source hinted that the eventual winner of the PDP ticket might be persuaded to withdraw from the race for Obaseki on agreed terms.
The leadership of the PDP had always maintained that it would not hesitate to grant waivers to new entrants to contest elections, even on the day they joined the party.
Governor Obaseki was on Friday disqualified from seeking re-election on the platform of the APC as he was screened out by the Jonathan Ayuba led screening committee.
The Governor had said he would not appeal the decision.