Edo 2024: Money Will Not Influence Who Gets PDP Governorship Ticket, Says Orbih
The National Vice Chairman (South-south) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Dan Orbih, has said a “stranger” cannot succeed Governor Godwin Obaseki in next year’s election as governor of Edo state.
He spoke at a meeting of leaders of ‘Legacy PDP’ from across the state’s three senatorial districts in Benin City, the state capital.
Orbih urged the leaders to put up a very strong spirit to ensure that PDP has a good, marketable, and acceptable candidate for the poll.
He affirmed his earlier position that the ticket for the Edo PDP election is not for the highest bidder.
He said that the members and leaders of the ‘ Legacy Coalition’ will decide the party’s next candidate.
Orbih said: “Elections have taken place in Imo, Bayelsa and Kogi. Next is the Edo governorship election loading. If the PDP must retain and win the governorship election, this powerful body now known as the “Legacy Coalition” must produce the candidate.
“We must produce a candidate that will address the challenges of our state. One who will identify with the people and make Edo State great again.
“Now is the time to go back to our respective LGAs to work. According to the INEC timetable, the process will start in February 2024. We must support and throw up delegates that cannot be compromised. Delegates that will support and vote for legacy coalition candidate. A known member of the party. A willing candidate who will not tell us he has been begged to contest.”
Reiterating that the ticket is not for sale, Orbih added: “I have heard stories of people boasting that they are prepared to spend money to compromise the process of nominating our candidate.
“By the grace of God and your support, the Edo State PDP ticket is not for sale. It is not for the highest bidder. On this, we stand. God bless PDP, God bless Edo state, God bless Nigeria.