Edo 2024: Ighodalo Receives PDP’s Certificate Of Return

Asue Ighodalo

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the September 21 Edo State governorship election, Asue Ighodalo, has recieved his Certificate of Return as winner of the party’s governorship primary election.

Ighodalo however appealed to other aspirants who lost out at the primary to work with him for the PDP to retain the State in the coming election.

The emergence of Ighodalo has been wrought with controversy, as the other aspirants, including Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu, accused Governor Godwin Obaseki of manipulating the process in favour of Ighodalo.

Recall that in a parallel primary, Shaibu was also elected as a governorship candidate.

Speaking after receiving his certificate of return at the PDP National Secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday, Ighodalo said the contest was over and pleaded with the other aspirants to join hands with him to retain the state.

His words: “To my other co-aspirants, it’s good to contest, but the contest is over, and like I have been begging each and every one of you, I continue begging you, please, let’s come together as one.

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“Since my first day in this party, I have been begging you, and I will continue because it’s extremely critical that Edo State must and shall, by the grace of God, remain a PDP state, and that will be made easier if we work together as a team. And we will, by the grace of God Almighty, work together. I will keep on begging; we must unite.”

Speaking before presenting the certificate to the candidate, PDP’s acting National Chairman, Umar Damagum, also enjoined the candidate to reach out to other aspirants and reconcile with them.

“You have a daunting task before you,” he said, adding, “Normally, after primaries, there are lots of disagreements, and it is better to reconcile yourselves.

“I’m urging the candidate to go after your fellow aspirants and make them see why you must work as a team so that Edo will be an easy ride for us.

“We have seen what has happened in other parties; let us not rejoice because they are having their own challenges.

“We should be more focused on our own challenges, and we should be more focused on taking that state back for the PDP.”