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The Action Democratic Party has expressed its willingness to welcome Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, “with open arms’’ should the embattled governor decide to defect to the party.

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The National Publicity Secretary of the ADP, Mr Adelaja Adeoye, has announce this in Lagos.

National Publicity Secretary of the ADP, Mr Adelaja Adeoye

Adeoye was reacting to the disqualification of Obaseki by the Screening Committee of the APC, which barred the governor from participating in the party’s primaries, scheduled for June 22.

He explained that the ADP was operating an open-door policy, adding that the party would gladly admit Obaseki and “accord him every respect as a governor”.

“If Obaseki decides to join ADP today, the party will welcome him with an open arms. The party runs an open-door policy. So we will gladly receive him.

“He is the governor of the state so we may give him some waivers and will accord him all the respect as the occupier of the number one office in the state.

“Therefore, we will be expecting the governor to follow the laid-down rules and abide by the principles of the party, if he decide to join us to seek our ticket.

“We will also expect him to slug it out with governorship aspirants in the party to get the ticket. He will definitely enjoy some privileges as a governor of the state. We will accord him all the respect.”

Adeoye explained that the ADP had yet to conduct its governorship primaries and that the window of opportunity was there for Obaseki to join and seek the party’s ticket.

He stated that the party would adopt the indirect mode of primaries for its governorship tussle.

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