Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki called for unity among members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Mr Obaseki made the call in Benin City on Wednesday while speaking to 162 people who wanted and party leaders drawn from 18 state LGAs.
“We should be united and not be our own opponent; the way we go about this primary is very important, it will depend what the outcome of the election will be,” the Edo governor said. “We have 24 seats in the EDHA and 162 people are contesting. At the end, majority will not get the position. We have long nine months to prepare and campaign and the journey will not be easy nor cheap.”
He explained that aspirants should work in unity to win the forthcoming parliamentary election.
”Come 2023, PDP will select candidates to contest the position against candidates from other parties. For contestation at this level, we can’t be our own opponents. We all will rally round to support those that emerge in the primary and together we will win the election,” he urged them.
Mr Obaseki called on party members to avoid aggressive politics and to unite to win the next election.
He further added that candidates for the by-elections should be careful not to overspend and to remain neutral in the run-up to the by-elections.
Edo PDP chairman Tony Azeigbemi explained that 162 people had returned their forms to 164 buyers and had been tested and approved to compete with primaries.
One of the candidates, Magdalene Ogbebulu, urged the party to ensure that only those who can win the election should run in the party’s primary elections on May 7.