The All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced the final twelve aspirants who will compete for the party’s governorship ticket in the upcoming 2024 elections in Edo State.
The list was released by the APC National Organising Secretary, Suleiman Arugungu, in a statement issued in Abuja.
Out of the 23 individuals who initially expressed interest in the APC ticket, only twelve have obtained the Expression of Interest and Nomination documents, which are priced at fifty million naira.
These twelve aspirants will now undergo the party’s screening process in preparation for the primary election scheduled for February 17th.
The successful aspirants include prominent figures such as the immediate past state Chairman of APC, Gideon Ikhine; ex-Minister of State, National Economic Planning, Clem Agba; senator representing Edo Central, Monday Okpebholo; erstwhile deputy governor, Lucky Imasuen; former governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu; and lawmaker representing Etsako Federal Constituency, Anamero Dekeri.
Other candidates are ex-Zonal Organising Secretary for South-South, Blessing Agbohmere; House of Representatives member, Dennis Idahosa; former permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Ernest Afolabi Umakhihe; Col. David Imuse; Major General Charles Airhiavbere (retd); and Emmanuel Momoh.
The APC has also appointed a 7-man screening committee to oversee the Edo primaries.
This committee will be led by former Minister of Sports and Special Duties, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, and will be sworn in on Thursday at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja.
Additionally, another committee will be established to serve as the review team, with Senator Ibrahim Danbaba as the chairperson and Smart Iheazor as the secretary.
Furthermore, the Screening Appeal Committee has been formed, comprising members such as Bisi Odewumi, Ngozi Ononiwu, and Abubakar Sidiq.
This article was updated 2 weeks ago