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Edo APC Primary: Our Party May End Up Not Fielding Guber Candidate, Concerned Stakeholders Express Fear

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Some members of a group, Concerned All Progressives Congress Stakeholders in Edo State on Monday expressed fear that the party risks losing the forthcoming September governorship election if the duly elected and announced winner of last Saturday’s primary, Senator Monday Okpebholo is robbed of his victory.

The group also described as “absurdity and total brigandage” the way and manner the Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state, against all known guidelines and processes in conducting party primaries, went ahead to announce Hon Dennis Idahosa as the winner of last Saturday’s APC governorship primary.

Addressing Journalists, counsel to Concerned APC Stakeholders, Barrister Douglas Ogbankwa, (Esq) on behalf of the group, also condemned the “violent brutalization of members of the Nigeria Union Journalists, (NUJ) who were there to carry out their constitutional responsibility as the watchdog of the society.”

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The group noted, “The only recognised and recognisable Chief Returning Officer for the Edo 2024 governorship primaries appointed by the APC National Working Committee is Stanley Uzomaka Ogbuaja. Gov. Hope Uzodinma was only a ceremonial chairman of the process.

“It does not behove on him to declare the results .Dr. Ogbuaja declared the results as required by law, and we are afraid that if any other candidate not declared by the Officer required by law is presented to INEC, the All Progressives Congress may not have a Candidate for the Edo 2024 Governorship Elections.

“This is because the process of the election of candidates is very technical and specific. Any slip that is generated by political expediency shall cost the APC dearly. This is the experience gleaned from judicial precedence on the score. There are a plethora of authorities, which are extant on this issue.

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“We wish to state with untainted equanimity, that any other candidate being taunted about as a purported candidate of the APC for the Edo 2024 governorship elections, aside the duly returned candidate, Senator Monday Okpebholo , presupposes that APC does not have a candidate in Edo State .

“It means that APC will be given the Rivers State and Zamfara states treatments, which unfortunately are tied to the antics of the same man that is behind this charade, being attempted in Edo State. It was Mark Twain the American Writer that said “History does not repeat itself, at best it rhymes “.

“We humbly and passionately call on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress , H.E. Abdulahi Ganduje to do the right thing and endorse the legally returned candidate as provided by the APC Constitution.

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“We do not want the Banani Scenario as it was in Adamawa State, where the election was voided because the Returning Officer’s duties were hijacked by the Resident Electoral Officer, who is currently being Prosecuted.”

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I’m Sorry For Treating You Badly – Oshiomhole Apologises To APC Defector

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Former Edo State Governor, Senator Adams Oshiomhole, has tendered an unreserved apology to the immediate past Senator representing Edo South Senatorial District, Matthew Urhoghide over how he treated him in the past.

Oshiomhole, a former All Progressives Congress (APC) national chairman, made the apology while welcoming Urhoghide and other defectors into the ruling party in Benin, Edo capital, on Saturday, April 13, 2024.

Urhoghide rejoined the APC after dumping the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alongside eight local government chairmen.

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Speaking at the event, Oshiomhole recalled how he opposed the returnee’s candidacy during his first stint in the APC in favour of Senator Ehigie Uzamere, a decision he later regretted.

He noted that the decision caused the party to lose Edo South to the PDP twice.

“I was wrongly advised. I am not going to blame those who mislead me but I accept the responsibility that I took the decision to support former Senator Uzamere. The late Esongban of Benin Kingdom, Chief David Edebiri told me, my son, you made a mistake.

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“There are several others who spoke in the same vein. Urhoghide also came to me and said, Comrade, this your decision to support someone else against me, I pray and believe that you will regret it sooner than later.

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“After Uzamere won and became a Senator, he returned to PDP. God then decided to use Urhoghide to teach us a lesson. So, for two consecutive elections, spanning eight years, Urhoghide beat APC in the Edo South Senatorial zone for two terms,“ Oshiomhole stated.

Urhoghide, who was made the party’s governorship campaign director general, expressed his happiness to return to the APC fold.

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Though he said the current administration has done its best, the former Senator believes the APC will do better if its candidate, Monday Okpebholo, wins the September contest.

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APC ‘ll Defeat Obaseki, PDP In Edo – National Scribe

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Ahead of the gubernatorial election in Edo and Ondo States, the National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Ajibola Basiru has disclosed the party will defeat the Peoples Democratic Party in Edo state.

He also declared that Ondo State is an APC state and no political party would dislodge it’s from the seat it from the seat of power.

Speaking with newsmen in Osogbo on Friday, he said everyone was surprised with the manner the party dealt with the aftermath of its primary election in the state, saying all stakeholders are on the page ahead of the poll.

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Our candidate for the poll in Edo was a PDP member but when he cross to the APC, he delivered his senatorial district for the APC for the first time in many years and we won another seat with Labour winning the third one.

“We are confident that we are going to send Godwin Obaseki and his annointed candidate out of the government house by the grace of God in the September 21 election.

“People thought we were already in for Armageddon in Edo State but within a week, we were able to resolve the matter amicably”.

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With regards to Ondo State, the former legislator disclosed that it is a one party state, adding that the only contest is that of selection of candidate within the party.

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“Ondo State is a one party state, it’s a state of our party, so the struggle is actually about getting the APC ticket, the moment we someone picked the APC ticket, we are home and this is not a boastful venture.

“Go and check the House of Assembly result, check National Assembly election results. And just like we did with Edo state, we are going to manage whatever crisis that will come out of the selection process in a very matured and cordial manner.

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“We must give kudos to the leadership role being played by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in giving moral authority to ensure that whatever crisis brew up within the party is nipped in the bud.

“For me, PDP is a dead political party in Nigeria”, he added.

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Ondo: APC Sets up 7-man Governorship Screening Committee

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The National Working Committee, NWC, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has set up a seven-man Governorship Screening Committee to screen aspirants ahead of the party’s primary slated for April 20 in Ondo State.

The party’s Deputy National Organising Secretary, Nze Duru,
inaugurated the committee on behalf of its NWC on Friday in Abuja.

Duru charged its members to undertake the exercise with necessary diligence, discipline and friendliness.

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He said the committee had to work round the clock to complete the exercise within the projected time frame, adding that the Appeal Committee would commence work immediately after the screening of the aspirants.

For us at the secretariat, we will also help you to midwife most of the things that will be required, and then hand it over to the appeal committee.

“The committee at this moment stands inaugurated. I wish you the very best of luck.

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“We will support you in any way you need assistance in the process,” Duru said.

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The screening committee is headed by a former Deputy Governor of Gombe, Mr Joshua Lidani, while a former member of the house of representatives, Bimbo Daramola, is its Secretary.

Addressing newsmen after inaugurating the committees, Duru said the screening of aspirants before every primary election was compulsory in line with the party’s constitution.

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You are chosen to partake in the screening of the 16 aspirants who purchased the party’s Nomination and Expression of Interest forms to contest its primaries in the Ondo state governorship election,” he said.

DAILY POST reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had fixed the off-cycle Ondo state governorship election for November 16.

 

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