Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar on Friday wooed Edo state Governor, Godwin Obaseki to join Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for his reelection bid.
According to the Cable, Atiku contacted Obaseki on Friday after he was disqualified from participating in the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election for the September 19 governorship election in Edo state.
The former vice-president, who was the PDP candidate in the last presidential election, is also making way for “soft landing” for Obaseki should he defect to the party which is the main opposition in Edo.
Although the PDP constitution requires any member of the party seeking elective position under its platform to at least be registered for 18 months, it gives room for a waiver.
A source close to Atiku told TheCable that the former presidential candidate discussed Obaseki’s likely defection with some governors in the PDP.
The source said, “the Waziri (of Adamawa Emirate which Abubakar was turbaned in 2018) is wooing Obaseki on behalf of PDP. He spoke with him yesterday and encouraged him to join the PDP.
“He also spoke to some of the PDP governors and urged them to give him a soft landing and access to the party.”