The All Progressives Congress (APC) has unveiled the final 12 aspirants that will battle for the party’s governorship ticket for the 2024 elections in Edo State.
Election is not war, true, but deep down the hearts of most politicians in times like this, “the battle line has been drawn”.
Most times, Nigerian politicians forget that they belong to the same party, and they battle it out like sworn enemies.
The aforementioned list was made known in a statement released in Abuja by the APC National Organising Secretary, Suleiman Arugungu.
The statement disclosed that of the 23 persons who initially indicated interest in the APC ticket, only 12 individuals have currently acquired the Expression of Interest and Nomination documents, which are valued at ₦50 million naira.
The twelve persons would face the party’s screening process in preparation for the APC primary election.
The primary election is set to take place on February 17.
The successful aspirants include:
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
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 7-man APC screening committee for the Edo primaries will be led by a former Minister of Sports and Special Duties, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja.
They will be sworn in on Thursday at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja.
Another committee will be established to serve as the review team.
Senator Ibrahim Danbaba will serve as the chairperson and Smart Iheazor as the secretary of the panel.
Other members are Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe, Adeoye Adelakun, Darlington Dick, Lawal Kenken, Margaret Duru, and Sani.
Meanwhile, the Screening Appeal Committee includes members such as Bisi Odewumi, Ngozi Ononiwu, and Abubakar Sidiq.