Edo 2020: Oshiomhole Dumps Odubu, Ogiemwonyi, Airhiavbere, Others

Ahead of the Septem­ber 19, 2020 gover­norship election in Edo State, the hope of a former deputy governor of the state, Pius Odubu; a former Minister of State for Works, Engr. Chris Ogiem­wonyi, and Maj.-Gen. Charles Airhiavbere (rtd.) to become the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Con­gress (APC) appears to have been dashed as the party prepares for the governor­ship primary slated for next month.

A credible source in the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) told Dai­ly Independent that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, APC National Chairman, had settled for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, a former gover­norship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who formally joined the APC in December 2019, as his preferred choice.

It would be recalled that a mock primary was organ­ised by the four aspirants few days ago to select a con­sensus candidate who will face incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki, in the pri­mary.

However, thugs alleged­ly sponsored by one of the hopefuls invaded the venue and dispersed those in at­tendance while the voting exercise was going on.

According to our source, having realised that the as­pirants had failed to agree among themselves on who becomes the consensus can­didate, Oshiomhole, who fa­cilitated Ize-Iyamu’s return to the APC, settled for his emergence and would likely face Obaseki at the primary billed to hold on June 22.

“As it stands, Pastor Osa­gie Ize-Iyamu is confirmed for Edo APC. Oshiomhole has already made up his mind on that.

“Since he has given the four of them the privilege to pick a consensus candidate but they have failed to do so, with time ticking out, he has settled for Ize-Iyamu.

“Don’t forget that Osh­iomhole masterminded his return to the APC despite the fact that the likes of Odubu, Ogiemwonyi, Airhiavbere and others are strong candi­dates in their own right.

“The earlier the other aspirants queue behind Ize- Iyamu, the better for them.

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