Guber aspirant protests, demands cancellation of Edo APC governorship primary

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One of the governorship aspirants in the February 22nd primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State Dennis Idahosa has staged a protest at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja, demanding justice.

Mr. Idahosa, initially announced as the victor of the February 17, 2024, primary election by Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma, has also issued a warning to take legal action against the party if fairness is not upheld.

He has, however, made an appeal to President Bola Tinubu to intervene and rectify the National Working Committee’s decision, reinstating his candidacy as declared by Governor Hope Uzodimma.

His demonstration follows the recent cancellation by the APC of the election that initially selected him as the party’s nominee for the Edo State gubernatorial election scheduled for September 2024.

Subsequently, Governor Bassey Otu of Cross River State was appointed by the party to oversee a fresh governorship primary, resulting in Monday Okpebholo emerging as the party’s candidate.

Okpebholo secured 12,433 votes, surpassing the other eleven contenders, while Idahosa received 6,541 votes. According to Otu, who chaired the Revised APC Edo Gubernatorial Election Committee, a total of 41,784 votes were cast in the primary, with 31,863 accredited voters and no invalid votes.