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UPDATED: Gunshots As Shaibu Emerges As Candidate In PDP Parallel Primary

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The Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP,) on Thursday held a parallel Congress that produced the deputy governor of the state, Philip Shaibu is the candidate.

While some delegates were being accredited to proceed to the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium venue of the primary election, another set of delegates met in a facility in Commercial Avenue where they announced Shaibu the elected candidate of the PDP.

They claimed that they went to the venue for accreditation but were chased away by security agencies. They also alleged that the list of delegates published by the national leadership of the party was not the authentic one alleging that they saw names of people from Bayelsa state and names of people who are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Declaring Shaibu winner of the election, Bartholomew Moses said “During the counting of this primary election, Philip Shaibu has a score of 301 votes and therefore, we hereby declare Philip Shaibu as the authentic elected candidate for this election in the PDP”

The people had barely finished their exercise when gunmen invaded the venue. They were dressed in vigilante outfits and came in several vehicles including two black unmarked Toyota Hiace Truck, an unmarked white sienna, a white Hilux and several other vehicles. They were shooting sporadically into the air and the people scampered in different directions for safety

Before the election, the delegates led by Festus Owu had protested to the deputy governor’s official lodge where they complained to him that they had been disenfranchised.

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Speaking to the protesting delegates, Shaibu said “I appeal to all of you to be peaceful I don’t want anybody to be injured, I don’t want anybody molested and I am happy the way you have conducted yourselves peacefully and have come to report to me that you were not allowed to be accredited but I want to tell you that no one man can determine the destiny of a people and by the grace of God they cannot disenfranchise you people.

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The law is clear that you people are the authentic delegates. Now that they have pushed you away, they want to go and replace you but I assure you that your vote must count, they cannot change and replace your names. I assure you that I will take your protest to the committee that is coming but you must remain peaceful in everything you are doing.”

Speaking to journalists later, Shaibu said “I saw the crowd outside and I asked who they are and they said they are delegates, I said they should be directed to the venue of the accreditation but they said they were protesting because they have been sent away from the venue if accreditation and they won their election and they have their results.

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The election will hold and if a winner emerges with fake delegates, the election will not see the light of the day but if a winner emerges with the authentic delegate, there will be no problem, I am sure.”

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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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