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Edo Poll: APC Guber Aspirant Steps Down, Says Party’s Decisions Greater Than Individual’s Ambitions

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Ahead of the 2024 governorship poll in Edo State, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state, Mrs Victoria Amu, has disclosed her intention to step down from the governorship race.

Amu, who commended the Senator representing Edo North Senatorial District, Mr Adams Oshiomole, for excellent management of APC’s matters, said she would no longer purchase the party’s nomination forms.

According to her, she would abide by the APC’s decisions.

She noted that the party’s resolutions were larger than any individual’s ambitions, saying: “While I am passionate about the prospect of serving the good people of Edo State as their governor, I want to make it unequivocally clear that my ambition is not greater than the supremacy of our party. The APC’s collective goals and the well-being of the people of Edo State are of utmost importance to me. I am fully aligned with the party’s vision and principles.

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“Party supremacy is a fundamental principle that guides our democratic process. I am fully committed to upholding this principle and contributing to the success of the APC in Edo State. Our collective strength lies in unity, and together, we will build a party that truly represents the aspirations of the people.

“As a loyal and committed member of the APC, I want to reassure everyone that I will abide by the decisions of our great party. The APC’s internal processes, including primaries and other party mechanisms, are essential for maintaining democracy and ensuring that our collective goals are achieved. I am fully aligned with the party’s values and will wholeheartedly support the candidate chosen by the APC.

“Party unity is paramount as we approach the 2024 elections. I am dedicated to working collaboratively with party members, leaders, and stakeholders to ensure a strong and united APC in Edo State. Together, we will continue to build a party that represents the aspirations of the people.”

While thanking the state’s APC leader and a former governor, Senator Adams Oshiomhole, she hailed his leadership qualities and assured him of her eagerness to actively contribute to the party’s success.

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According to her, “I appreciate this opportunity to share my thoughts on the party’s screening process for the Edo 2024 Governorship race.

“Firstly, I commend your management of the party as our national leader and your initiative in handling numerous aspirants fairly. Comrade sir, despite being screened out, I affirm my commitment to abide by the party’s decision on the recent screening, selection, and criteria adopted.

“In various forums, I’ve emphasised my respect for your leadership both as former Governor Adams Oshiomhole, who appointed me as a Senior Special Assistant and now as the Distinguished Senator representing Edo North Senatorial District where I hail from.

“I also want to acknowledge the integrity, experience, and commitment of the screening committee, led by Professor Julius Ihonvbere. Whatever decision they reach, I will abide by it because I believe they are championing this election with a progressive and development-based agenda.

“Therefore, despite stepping down from the race and no longer purchasing my nomination forms scheduled for Monday next week, it’s crucial to note that I remain committed to supporting whoever emerges as the primary winner. I am a dedicated party member and will continue to be.”

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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. “

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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.”

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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.

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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