Obaseki: Edo PDP grants Gov, Deputy waivers to contest upcoming gubernatorial

Obaseki: Edo PDP grants Gov, Deputy waivers to contest upcoming gubernatorial

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday, June 19, granted Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, a waiver to contest the state governorship election on its platform.

Obaseki officially joined the PDP on Friday.

This disclosure was contained in a tweet via the party’s official Twitter handle.

“PDP grants waiver for Governor Obaseki to enable him to contest the gubernatorial primary of our great party. Party has also approved a waiver for his deputy, Philip Shuaibu.

The governor quit the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday following his disqualification from the June 22 governorship primaries in Edo State.

APC’s screening committee disqualified Obaseki from the primaries over alleged discrepancies in his university and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificates attached to the nomination and expression of interest forms he submitted to the party.

The APC screening panel also disqualified two other aspirants from the exercise for various reasons.

The governor has since declared his intention to seek re-election on the platform of the PDP.

Meanwhile, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami has written to President Muhammadu Buhari; urging him to approve the sacking of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC); Mr Ibrahim Magu.

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Malami made this appeal via a memorandum to the president on Thursday, June 18.

The AGF predicated his recommendation on several grounds; “raging from diversion of recovered loot to insubordination and misconduct” by Magu.

1st News also gathered that Malami included a shortlist of three candidates for consideration to replace Magu.

However, supporters of Magu within the Presidency explained that sacking the EFCC boss will be a major dent on Buhari’s anti-corruption fight.

“It is painful that the EFCC boss is facing certain powerful forces who have decided to remove him; in spite of his remarkable achievements,” sources stated.

But sources said given the weight of Malami’s allegations against Magu; the president may be inclined “to set up a probe panel that will look into the veracity of the allegations and make necessary recommendations.”

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