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Edo2024: All you need to know about the 3 men gunning for the soul of Edo state

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The three major political parties in Nigeria, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the Labour Party (LP), have all got their candidates ahead of the September 21, governorship in Edo state.

Here are the APC, PDP, and LP candidates for Edo 2024 election

Senator Monday Okpebholo (APC)
Senator Monday Okpebholo (Edo Central) was on Friday, February 23, declared the winner of the Edo All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship direct primary election.

Cross River Governor Bassey Otu, who was the Chairman of the Edo APC shadow poll, made the declaration after collating the results from the 18 local government areas.

Okpebholo polled 12,433 votes to defeat the representative of the Ovia constituency in the House of Representatives, Dennis Idahosa, who scored 6,541 votes.

Senator Monday Okpebholo is a Nigerian politician who represents Edo Central Senatorial district at the National Assembly.

He is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He hails from Uromi, Esan North-East local government area of Edo state

He completed his primary education at Uromi Primary School and his secondary education at Uromi Grammar School.

He had his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics at the University of Benin in 1986 and a master’s in Public Administration in 1990 still from Uniben.

Okpebholo was born on June 12, 1962.

He is a devout Christian married with children.

Asue Ighodalo (PDP)
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in Edo State Asue Ighodalo on Thursday emerged as the governorship candidate for the November 12 poll.

Ighodalo polled 577 votes to beat other aspirants-Anselm Ojezua, Arthur Esele, Osaro Onaiwu, Martins Uhomoibhi, Hadizat Umoru and Felix Akhabue, who scored zero.

The Chief Returning Officer of the Edo PDP Governorship Primary Election Committee, Governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State announced Ighodalo as a candidate.

Asue Ighodalo is a Nigerian lawyer.

He is from Okaigben, Ewohimi, Esan South East LG, Edo State, Nigeria.

Ighodalo is a product of King’s College, Lagos.

He obtained B.Sc degree in Economics from the University of Ibadan in 1981, an LL.B from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1984) and a B.L from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos (1985).

Ighodalo is happily married to Ifeyinwa, and they are blessed with children.

Olumide Akpata (LP)
Olumide Akpata was declared the winner of the Edo Labour Party (LP) Governorship primary election on Friday.

Akpata scored 316 votes to win the exercise held in Benin City, the Edo State capital, on Friday.

The deputy governor of Abia State, Ikechukwu Emetu, who is the returning officer for the poll made the declaration after collating the results.

Olumide Osaigbovo Akpata was born on October 7, 1972 in Edo state.

He is a Nigerian legal practitioner and politician.

He obtained a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Benin, Edo state in 1992 and was called to the bar in 1993.

He served in the National Youth Service Corps in Kano State.

He was the immediate past National Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

He was a senior partner and the Head of the Corporate and Commercial Practice Group at Templar’s law firm in Nigeria until his resignation on 31 August 2023 to enable him to pursue partisan politics.

He became the first non-Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 28 years to be elected president of the Nigerian Bar Association in July 2020.

Akpata formally entered the political arena on Thursday, August 1st, 2023, solidifying his commitment to public service by joining the ranks of the Labour Party (Nigeria)

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Aregbesola forms new political group after alleged expulsion from APC

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Former Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has reportedly launched a new political group named, ‘Omoluabi Progressives’.

According to The Will, Aregbesola also began the group’s membership registration at his ward last weekend.

The former Minister of Interior floated the political group shortly after his alleged expulsion from the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osun State by the party’s top chieftains.

The APC in Osun State said that Aregbesola is not a member of the party.

The party in a communique signed by State Chairman Tajudeen Lawal, while officially informing party leadership about the upcoming electronic party membership registration as directed by the national secretariat, warned members against registering with Aregbesola’s group as it is not recognised as part of APC in Osun state.

The communique added that as far as the APC was concerned in Osun State, Aregbesola is no longer a member of the party.

It accused Aregbesola of causing distractions within the party’s affairs in the state and that it had notified the national secretariat, at least thrice, to take appropriate actions since it was unable to tame him at the state level.

Prominent members of Southwest All Progressives Congress (APC) were also absent at Aregbesola’s 67th birthday.

There have been rumours that the ‘Omoluabi Progressives’ is allegedly a prelude to a new political machinery Aregbesola will use to determine who becomes the next governor of Osun.

Meanwhile Aregbesola has not yet publicly denounced his membership of the APC.

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Nigerians Will Decide If Atiku Or Obi Will Be PDP’s Candidate In 2027 – Bafarawa

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Former Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, has shared his thoughts on the call for the merger of political parties ahead of the 2027 presidential election.

Bafarawa, in an interview with Punch, noted that the problem in the country is not the political party, the politicians are the problem of Democracy.

He noted that most politicians in the country were once members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Bafarawa, who spoke on the claim that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, visited him and the move for the merger of political parties, said, “I was not visited by Peter Obi. But this merger that is being talked about will not help matters. It’s still the same people in the PDP and APC.

It’s not the political party that’s the problem; we, the politicians, are the problem of our democracy. So, it’s not a question of changing A, B, C, or D. There’s nobody who’s not once a member of the PDP or the APC.

They are in the same category. It’s like a football game where they’re passing the ball to their colleagues. While they’re doing that, no umpire blows the whistle; that’s why everything is messed up.

“Unless we tell ourselves the truth, be honest with ourselves, and see how we can commit ourselves to moving the country forward together, nothing much can be achieved.”

Speaking on the PDP’s possible presidential candidate in 2027, Bafarawa said if Obi decides to return to the party, “The people, Nigerians, will decide who the flag bearer will be.”

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Aisha Yesufu urges FG to Scrap Senate

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Civil rights activist, Aisha Yesufu, has called on the government to scrap Nigerian Senate to reduce the cost of governance.

The co-founder of Bring Back Our Girls Movement, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday, June 9, in Lagos.

She stated that Nigeria should drop its bicameral legislature and adopt a unicameral legislature to reduce the cost of governance.

A unicameral legislature is a system with one chamber or house, as opposed to a bicameral legislature which has two chambers(Senate and House of Representatives).

Some countries with unicameral legislatures include China, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Portugal.

According to Yesufu, until something is done about the cost of running government and corruption, Nigerians will not feel the dividends of democracy.

She said, “We need to really and critically examine our democracy and look at what fits us and serve the ordinary people and the masses. The one that will not be too expensive.

“What we have now is too expensive. We need to cut costs and not just continue what we have that has not been working for Nigerians.

“I totally support the call for us to have a unicameral legislature. It is very important because the kind of governance that we are practising is very expensive.

“As a country, we really don’t have that kind of money. Apart from this, the fact is that both the Senate and House of Representatives end up duplicating functions in terms of what they do,” Yesufu said.

She said the Senate had been turned into “a retirement home for a lot of incompetent and failed governors who didn’t do anywhere well for the people in their state..

“It (Senate) is a joke ground; we cannot say what the Senate does is in a really sense different from what the House of Representatives do.

“They (Senators) do nothing special and at the end of the day, they are paid humongous amounts of our money and such huge allowances for doing nothing different.

“We found out that a good number of them, especially those that are former governors, while they get this humongous salary, as well collecting pension from their respective states.

“There is no way democracy can work for the masses with this kind of waste of public funds that could have been directed to put happiness to the face of the common man.”

According to her, Senegal is practising a unicameral legislature, after abolishing Senate for the second time in September 2012.

She said, “The House of Representatives is capable of taking care of the law making aspect of the nation, oversights and other things that the legislative arm of government does.

“Unicameral legislature should be adopted in Nigeria because bicameralism is too expensive apart from the fact that it slows down business of lawmaking.

“It is not working for us, we don’t have the kind of money to run it and maintain this, especially at a time the masses are suffering.

“Having a single legislative arm will pay us better in terms of reduction of cost of governance,” she said.

Yesufu decried that Nigeria had not in real sense been practising true federal system of government.

Speaking further, the activist said the country could also adopt the parliamentary system of government to also reduce cost to governance.

She said that Nigeria could not longer sustain the current presidential system of government.

“This will also pay us in terms of reduction of the cost of governance because whoever is leading the country is the one that is the first among equal.

“Ministers in this system are selected from members of the parliament that are elected.

“So, that reduces the cost of governance drastically and better than what we have now where separate people are brought in as ministers,” she said.

“We can have a parliamentary system of government, we shall be reducing cost of governance drastically well.

“The Prime Minister would not be this powerful and exercise control over everything, including the appointed ministers, because ministers are also members of the parliament,” she added.

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