Okpebholo: Ganduje predicts massive victory for APC in Edo gov. election


APC National Chairman Abdullahi Ganduje presents Certificate of Return to Monday Okpebholo as the party's candidate for 2024 Edo governorship election

…Okpebholo currently represents Edo Central at the National Assembly

By Emmanuel Mogbede

Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described Sen. Monday Okpebholo, the candidate of the party for the September Edo governorship election as refined, well packaged and sellable to the electorate.

Ganduje therefore said with popularity of Okpebholo, the APC is ready to win the Edo governorship election.

The APC National Chairman said this on Saturday in Abuja when he presented the certificate of return to Okpebholo.

He however appealed to other aspirants who failed in the bid to get the APC ticket to work with Okpebholo to ensure the party’s victory in the Edo election.

“The full cooperation, harmony and unity of all aspirants and members of our party is all we need now to win Edo in the coming election now that the primary is over.

“The party has a product that is refined, well packaged and sellable to the electorate in the person of Okpebholo and is therefore ready to win Edo,” Ganduje said.

He said that other aspirants had since congratulated Okpebholo as the party’s candidate.

Ganduje also defended the integrity of the primary election that produced the APC candidate in obvious response to a protest by one of the aspirants, Dennis Idahosa.

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According to him, direct primaries were held in 192 wards in the state with records and video evidence, adding that Okpebholo was declared winner because he got the highest votes.

Mr Nze Duru, the party’s Deputy National Organising Secretary while presenting the committee’s report to Ganduje, said the primaries was adjudge nationally and internationally to the the most peaceful, fairest and transparent in the state.

Okpebholo in his remarks, called on other aspirants who contested the party’s ticket with him to join forces with him to ensure that the APC win the Sept. 21 governorship election.

Also speaking, Sen. Lucky Imasuen one of the aspirants who contested the party’s ticket with Okpebholo said the National Working Committee (NWC)was hard working, sincere and fair in the handling of the Edo primarily election.

He commended the APC Edo Governorship Primary Election Committee for a job well done, assuring that the other aspirants would work hand in hand with Okpebholo to ensure APC’s victory at the poll.

Dennis Idahosa was initially declared the winner of the Edo Governorship Primary Election on Feb. 17, by the Gov. Hope Uzodinma-led Governorship Primary Election Committee.

The APC NWC however, upturned Idahosa’s election and declared the election as inconclusive.

The committee slated Feb.21 for a supplementary election and replaced Uzodinma with Gov. Bassey Otu of Cross River as chairman.

Otu while declaring Okpebholo as winner of the supplementary primaries, said he got 12,433 votes to defeat 11 other aspirants in the contest.

Okpebholo currently represents Edo Central at the National Assembly(NAN)

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