The development was revealed by the chief of staff to Governor Obaseki, Taiwo Akerele, while speaking with newsmen during an event to mark his 44th birthday in Benin, on Sunday.
Mr Akerele noted that it was too early to reveal the details of the deliberations but claimed that progress has been made in the deliberations.
Akerele said, “When the time comes, we will invite you just like this and address you.”
The governor’s aide added, “(For) the Governor, getting the ticket is not in contention but we will go into primaries and the party has a formula for it. It can be either consensus or none consensus, whichever it is, Obaseki and Philip are ready. Ordinarily, he should be given the right of first refusal.”
“Oshiomhole and Obaseki are very close; nobody should be deceived even as we speak. But of course, the issue they have is political and it is resolvable.”
“The difference they have is political disagreement and it is resolvable; some factors came in and heightened the tension, otherwise this is a very minor thing. Remember, we were in Iyamoh during the Sallah celebration, that was in the middle of the crisis, we were there and we even blamed the media for the whole thing.”
He commended the Edo State Governor for giving him the opportunity to serve in his administration as he has no political godfather.
He noted that his appointment marked the very first time a person from Akoko-Edo was given such an important position in government.