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Just In : Fresh palaver hits APC as aggrieved aspirant alleges rigging, rejects Okpebholo as Edo guber candidate



It is not yet Uhuru for the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as one of the foremost aspirants in the party’s governorship primary held on Friday, Mr Anamero Dekeri, rejected the outcome of the primary, which threw up Senator Monday Okpebholo as the party’s candidate.

Dekeri, a member of the House of Representatives representing the Etsako Federal Constituency, scored 2,566 votes as against Okpebholo, who polled 12,433 votes.

Shortly after the Primaries Committee led by Governor Basset Otu of Cross River State declared Okpebholo the winner, Dekeri rejected the results and vowed to challenge them at the appeal panel.

He alleged that the conduct of the primaries lacked transparency and was skewed in favour of Okpebholo.

Dekeri, also known as Danco, wondered how, after he had mobilised over 65,000 votes, he would now score just above 2,000 votes

The Friday exercise, it would be recalled, was a rescheduled one as the earlier primaries held last Thursday produced three candidates: the persons of Okpebholo, Mr. Dennis Idahosa, the member representing Ovia Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, and Dekeri himself.

The development forced the National Working Committee of the party to cancel the results, remove Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State as the Chairman of the Primaries Committee, and ask for the rescheduled primary, which took place on Thursday through Friday at the advertised venue for the exercise.

The Uzodinma-led primaries committee had declared Dennis Idahosa the winner, while Dr. Stanley Ugboajah, the Chief State Returning Officer, declared Okpebholo the winner.

The Chairman of the new Election Committee and Governor Otu announced the final result of the exercise in the capital, Benin, after collating results from 18 local government areas.

Senator Okpebholo polled 12,433 votes to defeat 11 other aspirants who contested the primary election.

Otu announced the votes scored by aspirants as follows: Blessing Agbomhere, 731 votes; Charles Airhiavbere, 1,181; Ize-Iyamu, 378; Sen. Monday Okpebholo, 12, 433, Dennis Idahosa, 6, 541, Clem Agba, 2, 732; Lucky Imansuen, 493; David Imuse, 423; Oserhiemen Osunbor, 634; Gideon Ikhine, 728; Anamero Dekeri, 2, 566; and Ernest Umakhine, 2, 117.

Otu said twelve aspirants contested for the party’s governorship ticket, and Sen. Monday Okpebholo, having satisfied all the requirements and having scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner.

He specifically thanked officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and security agencies, adding that in every contest there must be winners, and he appealed to other aspirants to rally around Okpebholo.

He called on all members of the party to remain united in order to ensure victory for the party in the September 21st governorship election.

Mr Emmanuel Momoh, who spoke on behalf of Senator Okpebholo, expressed gratitude to the members of the committee for a thorough job done, adding that the victory of Okpebholo marked the end of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State.

Elated Okpebholo, in his reaction, thanked members of the party for the overwhelming support and confidence reposed in him to fly the party’s flag.

He said that if elected governor in September, Edo State would witness massive infrastructural development in all sectors of the state.

He said his victory served as a quit notice to the PDP, the present tenant of Osadebey’s Avenue, the seat of power, noting that his emergence was a victory for all, saying “no victor, no vanquished.”

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Interior Minister denies announcing Gov Aiyedatiwa as Tinubu’s preferred candidate



The Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has disassociated himself from a report that President Bola Tinubu picked Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa of Ondo State as his preferred candidate for the Nov.16 Governorship election in the state.

A statement issued by Babatunde Alao, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Minister, on Wednesday, also described as false the purported appointment of the minister as leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo State.

Alao, who was reacting to the social media publication, described the report as baseless and fictitious.

“Therefore, Tunji-Ojo completely disassociates and distances himself from the purported appointment as it holds no truth whatsoever,” he said.

The media aide added that there was no meeting held in Abuja between the minister and APC Chairmen and leaders from the 18 local government areas of Ondo State, as alleged in the article.

“The minister is aware that the party’s governorship primary election is days away, and he has advised aspirants to embrace the spirit of love and sportsmanship,” Alao said.

According to him, the President, as the father of the nation and as the leader of the party, is a democrat whose interest is always to promote unity and peace.

“Therefore, he would not want to involve himself in any action that would undermine that,” he said.

The special adviser urged the public to disregard the misinformation contained in the viral news article and to always rely on credible sources for accurate information.

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Edo APC Chairman To Shaibu: You Were Loyal Even To Detriment Of People You Started With



“You are somebody who stood out. The price you paid is the price of loyalty, you were loyal even to the detriment of people you started with, you paid that price.”

These were the words of Jaret Tenebe, the acting chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State when he paid a solidarity visit to the impeached deputy governor of the state, Philip Shaibu in his Abuja residence on Wednesday.

In a video clip that has been widely circulated online, Tenebe in the video, described Shaibu as a strong man, declaring that he was in the impeached deputy governor’s residence to encourage him to pursue his matter in the court to a reasonable conclusion.

Tenebe, who likened what happened to Shaibu to that of Jesus Christ, adding: “He died for our sins, what has happened is a replica of what Jesus Christ did for humanity.”

“Today, they have removed you as the deputy governor but we still regard you as the deputy governor, it is the price that you have paid to ensure that Obaseki and his semblance are rooted out of Edo State, and I can tell you that we will not allow you walk alone, we are with you in spirit.

“You are a strong man, and I am here as the chairman of APC in Edo State, and an Uzairue indigene, we both come from the same place. We should be strong, and I implore you to continue to pursue this matter in court and we will be with you all through and God is your strength.

“When one door is closed many more are opened, and many are opened for you from today. That is what the detractors don’t know, be strong and we will match on together.”

In his response, Shaibu who said his removal would not stand the test of time, added that the whole exercise was because of the September 21 governorship election in the state.

Shaibu, who promised loyalty to the acting chairman, added: “We have shared a lot of things both good and bad together. I am deeply humbled and happy that even this situation has brought us together as one that we are. You are one person that I have always admired, someone that I grew up with.

“The person that actually separated us has also united us and that is the beauty of what has happened. I want to assure you that as we move on, just like you said, this whole thing happened between the Lent and Ramadan season, and the lessons of Lent and Ramadan are obvious.

“I am not ready to change my attitude, I am ready to be a friend and loyal friend and partner.

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TRENDING VIDEO! Watch moment Edo new deputy gov celebrates his emergence



It’s time for Edo new deputy governor, Marvelous Godwins to celebrate as captured in a trending video online.

Naijablitznews reports that Marvelous Godwins was eventually picked as deputy to Godwin Obaseki on Monday after the Edo House of Assembly impeached Phillip Shaibu.

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