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How Confusion led to emergence of two candidates in Edo APC Governorship Primary

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How Confusion lead to emergence of two candidates in Edo APC Governorship Primary

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There was chaos and confusion in Benin City, the capital of Edo State, during the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election on Saturday.

The voting exercise was disrupted, and there was a violent attack by suspected political thugs, leading to the emergence of two candidates. The APC Governorship Primary Election Committee, headed by Governor Hope Uzodinma, declared Hon. Dennis Idahosa as the winner of the direct primary election. Idahosa secured 40,453 votes, defeating the other aspirants.

Uzodinma announced the vote counts for each candidate, highlighting Idahosa’s victory.

However, officials from the National Working Committee (NWC) appointed as returning officers for the exercise relocated from the initial venue due to the ongoing announcement of results by Uzodinma.

Unfortunately, they were violently attacked. The NWC committee, led by Dr. Stanley Ugboajah, declared Senator Monday Okpebholo as the winner of the primary election and the party’s governorship candidate for the upcoming September 21, 2024 election.

The conflicting announcements have caused a dispute within the party. The Edo State APC publicity secretary, Peter Igbinigie, stated that the committee led by Dr. Stanley Ugboajah is the recognized returning officer for the exercise.

He emphasized that Governor Hope Uzodinma does not have the authority to declare any aspirant as the winner of the primary election.

The confusion and disruption in the Edo State APC governorship primary election have created uncertainty and raised concerns about the party’s internal processes.

The party leadership will need to address these issues promptly to restore confidence and ensure a fair and transparent selection of their candidate for the upcoming election.

This article was updated 3 months ago

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