Connect with us

Politics

[JUST IN] Edo Primary: Dekeri Storms APC Secretariat, Meets Ganduje

Published

on

One of the three aspirants laying claim to the Edo State All Progressives Congress governorship ticket, Anamero Dekeri, on Monday, visited the national headquarters of the party in Abuja to demand his certificate of return for winning Saturday’s party primary.

He was said to have met the National Chairman of the APC, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje.

Dekeri’s action comes in the wake of an ongoing protest in Benin, the state capital, where angry youths and women reportedly took over the party secretariat and demanded the immediate sack or dissolution of the state executives led by the acting Chairman, Jarret Tenebe, following the outcome of the February 17 shadow poll.

Advertisement

READ ALSO: Electricity Subsidy No Longer Sustainable – FG

The poll produced three winners.

Chairman of the Electoral Committee of the primary, Governor Hope Uzodimma, had announced Dennis Idahosa as the winner, while returning officer, Stanley Ugboaja, declared Monday Okpebholo as the winner.

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

Advertisement

Although he refused to address journalists after he exited the hall, Dekeri who arrived at the secretariat in Abuja at about 1.30pm was said to have had a 10-minute closed-door session with the National Chairman of the APC, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje.

He came with a letter addressed to the NWC through the national chairman demanding they issue him his certificate of return having been declared winner of Saturday’s primary,” a source said.

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

When contacted, Tenebe, who was earlier seen declaring Okpebholo as their candidate in a viral video on Saturday, called for calm, saying only the leadership of the APC can declare the actual winner.

Advertisement

He said, “The party conducted a primary and somebody emerged. So, within the next few days, you people (journalists) will know who won the primary. It is the National Working Committee that did the primary. So, there is a procedure for announcing the result.

“So, within the next few days, everything will be settled. That is the only thing I can say for now”.

Tenebe was however mum on the call for his sack.

Advertisement

Politics

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

Published

on

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.

Advertisement

READ ALSO: 20 Suspected Yoruba Nation Agitators In Police Net For Invading Oyo Assembly Complex

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.

Advertisement

“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.

READ ALSO: Obaseki Leads Nigeria To La Biennale Di Venezia In Italy

“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.

Advertisement

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.

Continue Reading

Politics

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

Published

on

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.

Advertisement

READ ALSO: Producer Who Awarded Bobrisky ‘Best Dressed Female’ Reacts To His Jail

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”.

Advertisement

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.

READ ALSO: Police Arrest Man For Murder Of 19-year-old Girlfriend In Delta

“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.

Advertisement

“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.

Advertisement
Continue Reading

Politics

Ondo: APC Sets up 7-man Governorship Screening Committee

Published

on

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.

Advertisement

READ ALSO: Ondo Guber: APC Vetting Committee Clears Aiyedatiwa, 15 Other Aspirants For Screening

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.

Advertisement

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

READ ALSO: Ondo Guber: APC Opts For Direct Primary, Rakes In N720m

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.

Advertisement

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.

 

Advertisement
Continue Reading

Trending