June 11, 2024

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Edo 2024 a 3-horse race, as Shaibu declares self ‘authentic’ PDP candidate

DESPITE self-induced in-house confusion in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), off-cycle governorship election in Edo State this year is now clearly a three-horse contest.
The there most visible parties in the polls slated for September 2024 have concluded their nomination primaries and chosen their flag-bearers.
Nevertheless, it is noted that, whereas virtually all of them had to repeat the exercises due to shenanigans within each, it would appear that PDP is not learning fast enough to obey it’s own rules.
Labour Party (LP) has nominated former Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) president Olumide Akpata, All Progressives’ Congress (APC) names Sen. Monday Okpebholo, while the PDP still held two parallel primaries.
Now, Edo State Dep. Gov. Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu says he is the authentic candidate of the PDP for Edo 2024.
The deputy governor is declared winner of a governorship primary election that held in Benin City, the Edo state capital, on Thursday. He polled a total of 301 votes.
Appearing onnational television, Shaibu says the election that produced Asue Ighodalo as the PDP is marred by irregularities and disregard for the party’s constitution.
His words: “In the coming days, we will know who amongst us is authentic. By the time we give you the breakdown of the people that voted, you would see it was an arranged election for Ighodalo.
“I, the winner of this election; I have already sent my team to reach out to Mr. Ighodalo so he can join me and work together. I am the authentic candidate and as we move on you will realise that.
The primary process that produced Ighodalo is faulty. A group of delegates said they won the delegates election held on February 4 and they showed their names but they were rejected.
“We have a serious gap as far as leadership is concerned and that is why we have this confusion. Those delegates insisted that they must have their election and they voted for me.
Everything that took place was orgnaised by the state arm of the PDP, and that contradicts our agreement at stakeholders meeting, and it also contradicts our constitution that says it is the national that organises the election.
“PDP should be extremely careful with Edo… let us not get to a point where we may not even field a candidate in this election.”
In the other parties, however, Sen. Monday Okpebholo has been declared nominated by APC, ditto for Akpata for LP.
Gov. Bassey Otu of Cross River State, who was the chairman of Edo APC shadow poll, made the declaration after collating the results from the 18 local government areas.
Okpebholo is said to have scored 12,433 votes to defeat Dennis Idahosa, who scored 6,541 votes.
The collation and declaration were at Lushville Hotel and Suites, Gapiona Avenue, GRA, Benin-City.
And, former NBA president Olumide Akpata is similarly elected LP candidate, having polled 316 votes to defeat other aspirants.
The declared result showed that Kenneth Imansuangbon scored seven votes, Prof. Sunday Eromosele also got seven votes while Sergius Ogun got four.
Chief returning officer for the primary election and deputy governor of Abia State Ikechukwu Emetu notes that the outcome is a true testimony that the LP represents truth, hardwork and transparency.
Emetu, who thanked the aspirants for showing the spirit of sportsmanship, also encouraged Akpata to be magnanimous in victory and carry other aspirants along.