Obaseki is Edo APC Governorship Candidate
Godwin Obaseki, the incumbent chairman of the Edo state economy and strategy team under Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s administration have emerged as the All Progressives Congress, APC Governorship Candidate after the primary election of the party which kicked off on Saturday, June 18 in Benin City, the Edo state capital.
When the APC governorship primaries was about commencing formally on Saturday, June 18, the election committee chairman, Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state,
12 contestants participated in the APC Governorship Candidate primary election which took place at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin, the state capital.
Apart from Obaseki, other major aspirants were Dr Pius Odubu, the current deputy governor; a former governor and former senator, Professor Oserhiemen Osunbor, as well as a former Minister of State for Works, Chris Ogiemwonyi. The other aspirants who made up the numbers were: Maj-Gen Charles Airhiavbere (retd.), Kenneth Imasuagbon, Peter Esele, Tina Agbarha, Blessing Agbomere, Emmanuel Arigbe-Osula, Professor Ebegue Amadasun and Austin Emuan.
Punch informed that after the APC Governorship Candidate primary election was concluded, Obaseki got a total of 1,618 votes to win by a landslide margin over the other contestants. His closest rival was the deputy governor, who came a distant second with 471 votes. Imasuagbon and Ogiemwonyi had 247 and 137 to settle for third and fourth places, respectively. While, Airhiavbere got 11 votes while Arigbe-Osula had 10 votes. Other results are Esele (eight votes), Amadasun (eight votes), Emuan (seven votes) and Agbomere (five votes) in that order. The only female aspirant in the election was Agbarha. She had a total of three votes. The total number of votes cancelled was 41.
Prior to the election, the election committee chairman revealed that voting would be done by thumbprinting on the ballot paper which bears the images of the 12 aspirants, adding that the delegates were expected to thumbprint on the ballot paper with the image of the candidate of their choice. The Katsina state governor advised the contestants, their agents and party delegates to see the primary as a family affair, as there would be no “loser.”
Masari stated: “The aspirants are 12 in number; out of the 12, one of them must emerge as the candidate. If he emerges, he will need the other 11 for him to face the general election. “So, there is no loser in this contest. We consider all of you that are participating as winners.”
It is the expectation of the party supporters that the other 11 contestants will work with the newly emerged APC governorship candidate to achieve victory in the general election
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