Following the emergence on Sunday of
Mr. Godwin Obaseki as the candidate of
the All Progressives Congress, APC, for
the September 10 governorship
election in Edo State, the state chapter
of the party has begun moves to
reconcile all aggrieved aspirants and
The run-up to the governorship
primaries was charged amid allegations
of permanent voters’ cards (PVCs)
mop-up, bribery of delegates and
perceived preferential treatment for
one of the aspirants, who ended up
clinching the APC ticket, defeating 11
other aspirants in the process.
Those who participated in the primary
included the state Deputy Governor, Dr.
Pius Odubu; a former governor, Prof.
Oserhiemen Osunbor, and a former
Minister of State for Works, Chris
Others are Maj. Gen. Charles Airhiavbere
(retd.), Kenneth Imasuagbon, Peter
Esele, Blessing Agbomere, Emmanuel
Arigbe-Osula, Prof. Ebegue Amadasun,
Austin Emuan and the only female
aspirant, Tina Agbarha.
Obaseki, who is the Chairman of the
Edo State Economic and Strategy Team,
polled a total of 1,618 votes to record a
landslide victory over the other
His closest rival was incumbent Deputy
Governor Odubu, who came a distant
second with 471 votes.
Imasuagbon and Ogiemwonyi had 247
and 137 to settle for third and fourth
It was observed that some aspirants
including Odubu, stormed out of the
Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City,
venue of the primary before the results
were announced early hours of Sunday
by the Chairman of the APC Primary
Committee and Governor of Katsina
State, Alhaji Bello Masari.
Reacting to the fall out of the primary
election, the Edo APC, in a statement by
its Publicity Secretary, Godwin Erhahon,
on Sunday, pledged to reunite all rival
groups that went into the primary to
ensure victory for the party in the
forthcoming governorship election.
It said: “We appeal to all aggrieved
persons to forgive all pre-primary
offences and cooperate as members of
one family to mobilise voters for the
APC in the forthcoming governorship
“The APC and its government in Edo
State will strive to heal all wounds and
pains, physical and emotional; that may
have been sustained or felt during the
battle for various aspirants towards the
“They should, therefore, humble
themselves and appease those they
may have offended as Obaseki is now
the candidate of the party, no longer
for any group”, the statement added.
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