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JUST IN] Edo Poll: Update On Suspended APC Guber Forms

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By Joe Ebi 

The meeting between All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirants in the forthcoming Edo State gubernatorial election and leaders of the party in the state, ended in Abuja a few minutes ago, INFO can authoritatively report.

The meeting was between the 26 governorship aspirants of the party and the State Working Committee, leaders from the 18 local government councils, among others where the forthcoming election was extensively deliberated upon

The meeting which started at about 12noon in Abuja today, Saturday, 13th, 2024, was convened by a former governor of the state and presently Senator of the Federal Republic, Comarde Adams Oshiomhole.

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Recall that INFO DAILY had reported that the APC suspended sales of expression of interest and nomination forms for the Edo State governorship election occasioned by today’s meeting which held purposely to discuss the September 21st election.

At the end of today’s meeting, INFO DAILY gathered that a five-man committee was set up by leaders of the party with the responsibility of interfacing with the 26 aspirants and pruning the number to a reason number, and coming up with a credible aspirant who will bear flag of the party.

The committee is to submit its report during a similar meeting scheduled for Monday next week.

According to our source who happens to be a leader of the party in the state but does not want his name mentioned, said the issue of zoning was not discussed in today’s meeting as we had earlier reported.

“The issue of zoning was not part of today’s meeting. The major concern of the party is the number of aspirants and how to prune the number to a reasonable size, so we can at the end present a credible candidate. The party is interested in presenting a credible candidate who can win election and not the zone he comes from,” our source said.

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The sales of the governorship forms is still suspended, our source disclosed.

Also, no aspirant stepped down or forced to step down at the end of today’s meeting, our source disclosed.

The major issues discussed in today’s meeting were the many aspirants and the need to prune the number and come up with a credible candidate.

INFO DAILY also gathered that after next Monday’s meeting, another meeting had been scheduled for Thursday same next week also on the same governorship election.

In a related development, INFO DAILY has gathered that the state chairman of the party, Col. David Imuse {rtd) is expected to tender his letter of resignation next week Monday.

His resignation is occasioned by his aspiration to occupy the number one seat of the state.

As an aspirant of the governoship election, he is not expected to occupy the chairmanship position nothing less than 30 days to party primary, according to the electoral law

 

 

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Edo Guber: Oshiomhole Breaks Silence On Zoning

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Former governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, on Wednesday said that President Bola Tinubu has affirmed that he is committed only to free and fair primaries not based on zoning.

Oshiomhole also kicked against the contentious zoning of the governorship slot in Edo State and queried the All Progressives Congress, APC, on its insistence in zoning in the state but looked the other way in Kogi where the kinsman of former Governor Yahaya Bello took over from him.

He maintained that it will be unfair for the APC to implement zoning in the party’s rescheduled primary for the forthcoming gubernatorial election when it did not do so in Kogi and Benue states.

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Oshiomhole, who is representing Edo North Senatorial District, stated this while speaking with State House correspondents after he met behind closed-doors with President Tinubu at the presidential Villa Abuja.

He said the Edo state chapter of the ruling party is not interested in “turn-by-turn democracy.”

His visit to the president came on the heels of the controversy surrounding the emergence of about three aspirants claiming to be winners in the last Saturday’s primaries

Hon. Denise Idahosa, who is said to be the candidate of Senator Oshiomhole was declared by the chairman of the primaries and governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodimma, while two other candidates including Senator Monday Okpebholo and Sunday Dekeri also claimed victory as they accused the former governor of trying to impose Idahosa.

READ ALSO: Edo Primary: APC Bows To Pressure, Replaces Uzodimma As Chairman [FULL LIST]

Edo APC stakeholders opposed to Idahosa have cited the fact that he is from the same Edo South Senatorial District as the incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki who is completing his two-term eight years tenure, advocating that power should move to a different zone.

But Oshiomhole insisted that after discussing the zoning question with President Tinubu, the president expressed his commitment only to free and fair primary.

He said Tinubu told him that the rescheduled primary should not be based on zoning but the will of the majority of APC.

Oshiomhole contended that after allowing Kogi State Governor Usman Ododo to succeed Yahaya Bello even though they are from the same senatorial district, and also not stop the Tiv’s from dominating Benue State governorship elections, the APC cannot single out Edo State for zoning.

 

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Edo Primary: APC Bows To Pressure, Replaces Uzodimma As Chairman [FULL LIST]

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Following the controversy that trailed Saturday’s governorship primary in Edo State, the ruling All Progressives Congress has removed Governor Hope Uzodimma as Chairman of the Elections Committee.

The Imo State governor was replaced with his counterpart from Cross River State, Bassey Otu, who was formerly the deputy chairman of the seven-member committee.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Wednesday by the APC National Organising Secretary, Sulaiman Argungu.

Argungu disclosed that Otu has now been saddled with the responsibility of conducting the re-run poll slated for Thursday, February 22.

READ ALSO: Primary: Four Edo APC Governorship Aspirants Reject Uzodimma

Other members of the Primary Election Committee include former Osun State deputy governor, Mrs Titilayo Laoye-Tomori; APC’s flagbearer in the Plateau State 2023 governorship election, Nentanwe Goshwe; Umar Musa; Lawan Garba and Rabiu Suleiman who will serve as the Secretary.

The changes were made a few hours after four leading aspirants called for Uzodimma’s replacement.

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Chief Lucky Imasuen, Senator Monday Okpebholo and General Charles Airhiavbere (retd.) said they no longer trust his ability to conduct a free and fair election following the controversy that trailed Saturday’s poll.

 

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Primary: Four Edo APC Governorship Aspirants Reject Uzodimma

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Four leading Edo All Progressives Congress governorship aspirants have rejected the Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodimma, as Chairman of the Elections Committee.

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Chief Lucky Imasuen, Senator Monday Okpebholo and General Charles Airhiavbere (retd.) said they do not trust his ability to conduct a free and fair election following the controversy that trailed Saturday’s poll.

The development came barely 24 hours to the re-run of the governorship primary in the state.

The APC had announced on Tuesday after an emergency meeting at the secretariat in Abuja that the shadow election was inconclusive and a fresh poll would be conducted on February 22.

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The previous poll, which was conducted on February 17, had produced three winners.

Uzodimma had announced Dennis Idahosa as a winner, while returning officer, Stanley Ugboaja, declared Monday Okpebholo as a winner.

Elsewhere, Ojo Babatunde, who claimed to be representing the returning officers in all the local governments, declared Anamero Dekeri as the winner of the election.

Reacting to the re-run election in a joint statement, the four aspirants insisted that they no longer have confidence in the capacity of Uzodimma’s committee to conduct the election.

In addition, Ize-Iyamu, Imasuen, Okpebholo and Airhiavbere argued that Uzodimma did not observe the minimum requirements for compliance with the relevant provisions of the laws and regulations guiding the election as provided both in the Electoral Act and in the APC Constitution.

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The statement read, “We strongly believe that whatever was responsible for his flagrant disregard for due process and unusual hasty declaration of unconfirmed fictitious results of the primaries outside the designated collation centre may not have abated from his mind, and therefore may be repeated if given the opportunity to play the same role as chairman in the process.

“In the circumstance, we are calling on Mr. President to kindly use his good offices to replace Senator Hope Uzodimma with any other respected member of our great party, as chairman whom the President strongly believes will comply with the law, maintain internal democracy, protect and defend the integrity and goodwill of the President which he has attained over the years that endeared him to both national and international stakeholders.

“Furthermore, we believe that this is the only way to remedy the ridicule and embarrassment that Uzodimma’s tactless and overzealous behaviour, which in the view of keen observers of happenings in the ongoing process of nominating a viable candidate of our party, runs within the borderline of mischief and clotted with antidemocratic vestments, unknown to law.

“We have implicit confidence in Mr. President’s devotion to justice, equity, and fairness in the process that will produce the governorship candidate of our party in Edo State which is now rescheduled for tomorrow 22nd February 2024, and also ensure victory for our party in the governorship election that is scheduled for September 2024.”

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