The Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to reports that Governor Godwin Obaseki may join the party.
In an internal memo signed by its Publicity Secretary Chris Nehikhare, after a stakeholder meeting on Tuesday, the party Chairman, Dan Orbih said if Obaseki’s plan was to join his party there would be no provision for an automatic ticket.
The memo read in part, “On the rumours concerning Governor Obaseki – one issue that keeps coming up in the build-up to next year governorship election is whether Obaseki is coming to join us? My answer is I don’t know.
“Will you receive him if he wants to join us? My answer is Yes; our party membership is open to all Nigerians who want to join.
“Are we going to give automatic ticket to him? There is no provision in our party constitution that guarantees an automatic ticket for anyone contesting governorship ticket.
“Our Governorship candidate will be chosen in compliance with the provisions of our party’s constitution.”
It was gathered that the meeting was held at the residence of its leader, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin Kingdom.