A report by Vanguard indicates that Governor Godwin Obaseki is now favourite to clinch the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship ticket in Edo state.
This new permutation comes days after the Edo state governor was disqualified from the race in the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Obaseki has been at loggerheads with his predecessor and APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, culminating in his being booted out by the ruling party even before its primary election.
According to the report, ahead of the PDP primary, Obaseki's chances have become brighter after he met with key stakeholders within the opposition party.
Over the weekend, the Edo state governor met with his Rivers (Nyesom Wike) and Akwa Ibom (Udom Emmanuel) counterparts.
Until Obaseki’s ordeal, the PDP was said to have settled for Hon. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, a member of the House of Representatives and chairman, committee on culture and tourism as their preferred flag bearer. 
However, it appears the lawmaker would have to settle for another election cycle if recent developments in the camp of Obaseki are anything to by.
The plan by the PDP is that Obaseki would not be part of the July 22 primary election, but, the winner would pave way for the Edo state governor by way of substitution of a candidate which the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC rules allow. 
To stave off protests that would arise from the plan, the PDP has come up with a strategy to appease its members, particularly those who obtained the nomination forms to participate in the primaries.