Ahead of its primary election slated for February 17, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has cleared all the 12 aspirants jostling for its ticket to contest the September 22 governorship election in Edo State.
GWG.ng reports that the move of the party to clear all 12 aspirants in the race to pick the APC governorship ticket in Edo State came as party stakeholders appealed to the leader of the party, Senator Adams Oshiomhole to consolidate the strength of the party in the state by ensuring that the best aspirant emerges as candidate.
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the 12 aspirants had purchased and returned their duly completed forms sold at N50 million each.
The aspirants included Clem Agba, Monday Okpebholo, Lucky Imasuen, Anamero Dekeri, Gideon Ikhine Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and retired Col David Imuse.
Others included retired Gen. Charles Ehigie Airhiavbere, Oserheimen Osunbor, Blessing Agbomhere, Dennis Idahosa and Ernest Afolabi Umakhihe.
The schedule of activities for the governorship election, as released by the APC, showed that campaigns would start on April 24.
Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, the party’s National Chairman, who confirmed the party’s nod to the aspirants’ ambitions, assured them of a free, fair and credible governorship primaries. (NAN)
GWG.ng reports that the decision of the APC to clear all 12 aspirants for the ticket in Edo State came as party stakeholders are calling on the party leaders in the state to ensure that the party puts its best foot forward in the election.
A party stakeholder speaking to GWG.ng particularly called on Senator Adams Oshiomhole to put aside sentiments and ensure that he allows the emergence of a candidate who can match whatever the PDP brings.
He spoke against the background of insinuations that the APC leader was against the emergence of a candidate with independent views. It is a claim that Oshiomhole has, however, not responded to.
According to one of the stakeholders with the PDP in crisis the APC has the best opportunity to win over the state but that if the party puts a wrong candidate the electorate could flock to another party to seek salvation.