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Edo Guber: Edo Unity League Picks APC Forms For Umakhihe, Says ‘For Interest Of Younger Generations’

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Ahead of the All Progressives Congress, APC, primary for the Edo State governorship election, a non-partisan socio-cultural organisation, Edo Unity League Worldwide, has bought the party’s Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms for one of its members, Dr. Ernest Afolabi Umakhihe.

The group represented by some Board of Trustees members including Chief Victor Ekhator, the Enobore of Benin Kingdom; Comrade Orobosa Omo-Ojo; Comrade Aiyamenkhue Edokpolo, said the action was for the “best interest of the younger generations, who are unable to find role models amongst the multiplicity of political actors of Edo extraction.”

Deputy National Organizing Secretary, Mr. Nze Chidi Duru, while handing over the forms to Edo Unity League Director of Youth Organisation, Mr. Marvis Okharedia, thanked the BoT members for identifying a member of the APC worthy of support.

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A press statement that was shared at the All Progressives Congress (APC) national secretariat in Abuja reads in parts: “We have resolved to play a more proactive role in the political leadership process of our dear state, rather than the mundane attitude of armchair criticism of political actions and sociopolitical institutions alike.

“We reached this resolve, in the best interest of the younger generations, who are unable to find role models amongst the multiplicity of political actors of Edo extraction.

“We made this resolve in the best interest of our teeming people who are unable to enjoy any reasonable recompense from their commonwealth that God Almighty has bestowed on our motherland.

“Lamentation is incapable of lifting dead woods from doldrums.

READ ALSO: Edo Guber: Give Umakhihe Party Ticket, Group Tasks APC Leaders

“So, let it be on record that we, Board of Trustees and Members of Edo Unity League Worldwide purchased these APC gubernatorial forms, at a whopping sum of #50,000,000.00 (Fifty Million Naira), for one of our members, as a seed of good governance investment, in that, it will form a strong ground for us to interrogate Dr. Ernest Afolabl Umakhihe OON, if he wins the party (All Progressives Congress) ticket in the primaries, and he is eventually elected as Governor by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

“For us, we must demonstrate selflessness, and the capacity to be above board in finding a candidate with the right socioeconomic and political pedigree to lead our State from its present primordial prism of a Civil Service State, to a largely capitally productive State, by optimizing all home based demographic variables, for the good of the average Edo-boy and Edo-girl, as well as Edo men and Edo women.

“We are convinced, we made a very good choice, and this democratic contribution by all our members, will altruistically count for the prolific transformation of Edo people from November 2024 by God’s Grace.”

INFO DAILY reports that members of the Edo Unity League Worldwide are drawn from the open society of the state, cutting across the 18 local government areas and all disciplines and different political affiliations.

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Edo APC Primary: Those Faulting Uzodinma’s Announcement Are Myopic, Party Chieftain

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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Dr. Washington Osifo, has described as myopic those faulting the announcement made by Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State on the party governorship primary held last Saturday in the state.

Governor Uzodinma who was the Chairman of the Edo APC governorship primary held on Saturday February 17, had announced Hon. Dennis Idahosa as winner of the primary, an act that has attracted controversy and debate in the state polity, as some have argued that only the returning officer is constitutionally empowered to announce the winner of the election and not the chairman.

But addressing newsmen at the Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Edo State council, on the outcome of the primary and its consequent controversy, Osifo said the same announcement being faulted by some persons was made four years ago by this same Uzodinma.

READ ALSO: Edo APC Primary: Give Okpebholo Certificate Of Return, He’s Authentic Winner, Group Appeals To NWC

The former governorship aspirant who noted that the APC national headquarters will not accept any result announced by anyone not designated to do so, added that the “governorship primary election result has been received and accepted by the National Headquarters. It is a settled matter.”

He added: “At the end of the election, the committee charged with the responsibility of organizing the election, led by the Chairman, HE, Hope Uzodima, Governor of IMO State announced Hon. Dennis Idahosa as the winner and flag bearer of the party in the forthcoming election.

“The argument about who has the responsibility to announce result is clearly myopic and casuistic. Only four years ago, the same Governor Hope Uzodima played exactly the same role in 2019, and no one raised any questions. Similar committees have been constituted to conduct primaries across the country where the Chairmen announced results. “

READ ALSO: JUST IN: Youths Take Over APC Secretariat In Edo, Vow To Sacks State Exco

Osifo who said the governorship primary was not flawed as painted in some quarters, called on party members “to maintain sanity.”

“The exercise of Saturday, 17th February, 2023, was not so flawed as painted, and no major party has the capacity to conduct a free and fair primary election without leadership interference. That is integral to the party system, whose main focus is how to present a candidate who is well entrenched in the party and could muster the political muscle to win the election.

“My call to all persons at this moment is to let sanity prevail and let us be frank with each other. The party whose flag all of us sought to fly has the sole responsibility to nominate her flag bearer by whatever democratic mode she chooses,” he added.

 

 

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Edo APC Primary: Give Okpebholo Certificate Of Return, He’s Authentic Winner, Group Appeals To NWC

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A non-profit organisation, Uhunoma Foundation, has appealed to the National Working Committee (NWC) of All Progressives Congress (APC) to release Certificate of Return to Senate Monday Okpebholo, saying he is the authentic winner of the governorship primary held by the party in Edo State last Saturday.

Recall that the APC, ahead of the governorship election slated for September 21, 2024, held the primary election on Saturday, February 17, and at the end two winners emerged.

Chairman of the Edo State Governorship Primary Committee, Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State announced Hon. Dennis Idahosa as winner, while the returning officer for the primary election, Dr Stanley Ogbeuaja announced Senator Monday Okpebholo winner on the other hand.

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Addressing newsmen on behalf of the members of the foundation which she said is made up of over 50 groups, Director-General of the foundation, Dr. Maryam Jibbrin, said there was no controversy as to who won the primary, insisting that Okpebholo is the authentic winner.

“We want to use this opportunity to appeal to the National Working Committee of our great party to release the certificate of return to the authentic winner, which is Senator Monday Okpebholo. This will give us the full credence that actually he is the one that is the bearing the flag of the APC,” she added.

READ ALSO: PDP NWC Endorses Edo Delegate Election Results

Jibbrin, while thanking the National Working Committee of the APC as led by Abdullahi Gandudje, she also appealed to other aspirants to let go of the outcome of the primary and cooperate with Senator Okpebholo so the party would come out victorious in the September 21st governorship election.

She added: “We want to appeal to other aspirants to come back as one family so that they can work together and reclaim Edo State from the hardship that we find ourselves in this present government, so that Edo State can come back to its home which is originally APC.”

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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.”

READ ALSO: [UPDATED] Edo Guber: APC Youths, Women Take Over Secretariat, Demand Sack Of SWC

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.

READ ALSO: Edo APC Primary: Group Passes Vote Of Confidence On Uzodinma’s Announcement

“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.

“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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