Engr. Gideon Ikhine, an aspirant in the forthcoming Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship Primary has stepped down, declaring support for the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki.
While declaring his support for the governor at his campaign office in Benin City, Ikhine noted that his decision was to allow the governor consolidate on his developmental strides in Edo State.
In his statement, he said, “Governor Godwin Obaseki is a prayer-answered for the PDP. We might have a common vision but the means of achieving them may be at variance but God has brought them to reality.”
Furthermore, he urged his supporters to support the re-election of the incumbent governor.
He said: “We want to ask for your support and to ensure that everyone that has worked with us across the state redoubles their efforts in ensuring that the margin of victory between the PDP and the opposition is wider.”
Meanwhile, on his part, Governor Obaseki reassured that his administration will continue to prioritise the welfare and wellbeing of all Edo people.
He added that: “PDP is Edo and Edo is PDP. Together, we shall bring Edo to where God has destined it to be. Governance has to be about the people, not about a few individuals. It has to be about translating the norm and the new value where we say white is white and black is black. We have to rebuild our great party; if PDP were not in the State, l may not have switched to PDP.
In conclusion, he said: “Today is the beginning of a new dawn in our party. What we are doing is a merger. What one person was doing before, two persons will now be doing the same thing. The victory will be for us all. Therefore, everyone must have space in the party. We want to build a party that is fair and democratic, where every group in Edo State will see that there is something at the party. I want to build a party that is based on fairness, equity and justice.”