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Ondo poll: Akeredolu, Jegede lock horns, Ajayi shuns debate

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Ondo poll: Akeredolu, Jegede lock horns, Ajayi shuns debate

Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and three other governorship hopefuls on Thursday participated in a virtual debate organised by the BBC News Yoruba and its partners ahead of the state governorship election slated for October 10.

Other candidates present are the Peoples Democratic Party’s Eyitayo Jegede; Dotun Ojon of the Young Progressive Party and Adekunle Adeleye of the African Action Congress.

The candidate of the Zenith Labour Party Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi, who is the state’s deputy governor, was absent at the debate.

The candidates dwelled extensively on issues of security, education, health and economy.

The YPP candidate criticised the Ondo State Security Network Agency, Operation Amotekun, and the law that created it, adding, “Those who started it did not really understand it.”

He also said if elected he would create an arm within Amotekun corps to address kidnapping.

But Akeredolu said the YPP candidate was ignorant of the law that created the Amotekun Corps.

Jegede, in his submission, promised to build police stations and army barracks in the localities notorious for crime in the state.

He also pledged to reduce the tuition being paid by students of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko.

Responding to this, Akeredolu said his government had already reduced the tuition, noting that students of the university were paying the same tuition as their counterparts at the Lagos State University.

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BREAKING: Ighodalo emerges PDP Governorship candidate for Edo polls

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BREAKING: Ighodalo emerges PDP Governorship candidate for Edo polls

A Lagos-based lawyer, Asue Ighodalo has won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primaries in Edo state.

Ighodalo defeated nine other contenders including the deputy governor of the state, Philip Shaibu in the election held on Thursday, February 22.

 He received 577 votes to become the party’s nominee for the September 2024 polls.

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The exercise took place at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in the capital of Edo State.

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Edo gov poll: Shaibu emerges factional PDP candidate

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Edo gov poll: Shaibu emerges factional PDP candidate

Deputy Governor of Edo State, Phillip Shaibu, has emerged as the winner at a factional primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2024 Edo governorship election.

He won the parallel primary on Thursday with 301 votes.

This came as the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led faction of the party was elsewhere holding its own primary as of the time of this report, 3pm.

While some delegates of the Obaseki group were being accredited to proceed to the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium venue of the primary election, another set of delegates met on Commercial Avenue where they announced Shaibu the elected candidate of the party.

They said they went to the venue for accreditation but were chased away by security agencies.

They also said the list of delegates published by the national leadership of the party was not the authentic one alleging that they saw names of people from Bayelsa State and names of members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The returning officer, Bartholomew Moses, said, “During the counting of this primary election, Philip Shaibu has a score of 301 votes and therefore, we hereby declare Philip Shaibu as the authentic elected candidate for this election in the PDP.”

 

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Edo guber primary: APC NWC drops Uzodinma, appoints Otu as chairman

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Edo guber primary: APC NWC drops Uzodinma, appoints Otu as chairman

The crisis rocking the conduct of last Saturday’s All Progressives Congress (APC) Edo State governorship primary election, which led the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to declare the exercise inconclusive, took a fresh twist on Wednesday, February 21.

The party announced the removal of Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state as the chairman of the Election Primary Committee.

He has been replaced by Senator Bassey Otu, the deputy chairman of the committee and the governor of Cross River state.

A release titled “Revised 2024 Edo State Governorship Primary Election and Primary Election Appeal Committees” by Alhaji Sulaiman Muhammadu Arugungu, National Organising Secretary in Abuja on Wednesday showed that Hon. Shetimma Shitu has been added to the committee, to retain its 7-man status.

The release also showed that the party’s highest administrative organ retained the membership of the 5-man Barrister C. C Udenwa-led Primary Election Appeal Committee.

The Nation learnt of this development followed a series of protests both in Benin and Abuja calling on the chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) to step down from conducting the concluding process of the inconclusive shadow election billed for Thursday (today).

It was further gathered that the decision to relieve the Imo State from the exercise was reached on Tuesday night during the emergency meeting of the NWC.

The Nation also gathered that the concluding part of the election process will be to complete the collation of the results of the election in the remaining 10 local government areas of the state.

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According to a highly placed source in the Directorate of Organisation of the party when asked what format the exercise will take, he simply said: “We will continue where we stopped. The process was going on before the disruption by thugs and since the committee has already collated results from the field from 8 local government areas, they are expected to conclude the exercise by collating results from the remaining 10 local government areas.”

On the three petitions already submitted by the three aspirants, our source simply said: “The issue of the petition cannot be on the front burner now. The process is yet to be completed. It is after the exercise is completed that we talk of petition.”

He added: “The Barrister C. C Udenwa is still in place to attend to any petition. But that will be after the exercise is completed.”

Protests against Uzodinma

Former Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, had in a statement in Abuja criticised the mismanagement of the Edo State governorship primary election and asked members of the PGF to drop Uzodinma as their chairman.

The Directorate of Political Affairs and Governance of the African Civil Society Forum in Abuja also asked the Imo state governor to step aside ahead of Thursday’s rescheduled continuation of the exercise.

At APC national headquarters a group of placard-carrying youths under the aegis of APC Youth Solidarity Network stormed Muhammadu Buhari House to ask the Abdullahi Umar Gabduje-led NWC to drop Uzodinma from superintending the rescheduled election.

Edo guber primary: APC NWC drops Uzodinma, appoints Otu as chairman

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