Guber election: PDP will lose Edo if I’m not it’s candidate – Philip Shaibu

The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, has warned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that failing to accept him as its candidate in the Edo State governorship race will spell disaster for the party in the state.

While Asue Ighodalo was declared the winner of the PDP primary on Thursday at Benin City’s Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Shaibu emerged as the candidate in a separate contest.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Friday, Shaibu reiterated that he is the real candidate of the party for the September 21 election, claiming that Edo people do not want Ighodalo, whom he described as not a homeboy.

“The option is for the PDP not to go and argue against my candidacy, if they do that PDP will lose Edo State. Edo people do not want Asue Ighodalo to be the governor of Edo State because he is not a homboy they know.

“They are looking for someone that they know, somebody they can feel, somebody they can touch. PDP has a date with history, delegates have spoken that they want Shuaibu and I can bet you that the other eight aspirants will support Shuaibu if they party back him.

“If the party decides to join us in court to argue for Ighodalo then PDP then winning Edo State for PDP will be shaky because Asue will not be accepted by the people,” Shaibu said.

The deputy governor faulted the primary that produced Ighodalo, saying that it was organised by the state party executive instead of the national executive of the party.

He claimed that members of the state executive of are and the governor are supporters of Ighodalo and therefore were not going to conduct an unbiased election.

Shaibu insisted that he was elected by the authentic delegates of the party in the state.

“I was elected by the authentic, what is key is who are those that elected the governor’s preferred candidate Asue and who are those that elected Philip Shuaibu? I think in the coming days we will know who among them are authentic,” he said.

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