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Gale Of Endorsement, Testament Of Ighodalo’s Public Acceptance

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Political analysts have described the gale of endorsement of Dr. Asue Ighodalo, a frontline aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party ahead of the Edo Sept. 21 governorship election, as true testament of his acceptance by the people from the three Senatorial District of the State.

Having etched his name in the golden books of jurisprudence and in the business world, Ighodalo, fondly called by his sobriquet, “AI” from his intelligence and business savvy expertise, his foray into Edo State political arena, only provided him the opportunity to subtly showcase his allround socio-political and economic sagacity that continue to leave everyone who has come across him in great awe.

Little wonder members of Edo South Vanguard for Justice and Equity, recently endorsed and gave his governorship aspiration a boost , describing him as the best fit and most qualified to be the state’s next helmsman.

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Leader of the group during a well attended press conference in Benin, Ms. Joy Osareimen from Oredo Local Government Area, said the group resolved to endorse Ighodalo based on his antecedent, credibility, pedigree and unalloyed commitment to the development of the state and its people.

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According to them, no better aspirant deserves the massive support especially, in the spirit of fairness, justice and equity than Asue Ighodalo.

She said, “As we take our time to critically consider the socio-political history of the State since the beginning of the current democratic dispensation in 1999 and we arrived on the equitable resolution that it’s fair that Edo Central is allowed to govern the State in 2024.”

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And like the golden fish, Ighodalo, who hails from Okaigben, Ewohimi, Esan South East LGA of the, state, also caught the eyes of the leaders and members of the most politically conscious LGAs in South Senatorial District; Uhumwode, Orhionmwon and Ikpoba-Okha, respectively.

Their endorsement of Dr. Asue Ighodalo as their consensus aspirant for the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state, speaks volume of his wide reach and, acceptance by all and sundry.

Political analysts, especially political watchers, across the 18 LGAs of the state, have described that single episode as the tacit public endorsement of Asue Ighodalo by Edo South Senatorial District.

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The leaders and members of the party said such endorsement became only possible following the undisguised and transparent aspirant’s track records of excellence in the various capacities he has served humanity.

Little wonder the motion for Ighodalo’s adoption in Uhumwode was moved and seconded by no mean personalities than former Senator Roland Owie and Mr. Charles Egbe amid wide acceptance and jubilations.

Addressing the people, Ighodalo appealed to the people to nominate him as the PDP flag bearer for the September 21 governorship election, maintaining that with his capacity and proven track records, he remains the best aspirant for the election.

He blamed bad governance in Nigeria over the years on the wrong choice and sentimental voting of the people, noting that Edo State will have no reason not to be developed if the right aspirant is chosen as the governor, which he said he represents.

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Asue Ighodalo said: “Edo has no reason not to be developed if the right leaders are chosen to lead the state.

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“I am the leader that will take the state beyond the next level, hence, my appeal for your nomination and support.

“Let us choose who can help us, knows the developmental road to lead Edo State and in doing so, we will have good roads and other basic amenities.

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“I work hard to stardom and today, God has blessed me as I have created one of the biggest law firms in Africa. God made me chairman, Nigerian Breweries, Sterling Bank and others.

“God has helped me and in return, I try to help people but I believe the best help you can render is when you are in public service which is governance where you will be opportune to help millions of people.

“So, I am appealing to you all to give me the opportunity to help our people in Edo State.

” I promise you all that I will help the people and remove them from poverty. I will bring succour to homes and improve standard of living during my time as governor.

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“I will be governor for everybody, operate an open-door-policy, accessible to the people. We are going to govern Edo State together as one man can not do it alone. So, together, we will create a better Edo State and Nigeria.”

As Edo people get set for the march again, searching and looking for Mr governor, Asue Ighodalo’s choice, will obviously be the right choice.

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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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