Edo APC raises panel to reconcile guber candidates
• Gov aide decries primary
• Group seeks transparent exercise in Ondo
Ahead of the governorship election holding September 10 this year, the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has inaugurated a Reconciliation Committee to reach out to members who may have felt aggrieved by the outcome of the primary which last weekend produced Godwin Obaseki as the party’s flagbearer for the upcoming poll.
However, an aide to Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Mrs. Evelyn Igbafe, has picked holes with the exercise.
Igbafe, who is the Executive Director on Poverty Alleviation and Women, noted that what last weekend transpired was a “total charade,” adding with the choice of Obaseki as its candidate, APC may not win the election.
Also displeased by the exercise are Chris Ogiemwonyi and Kenneth Obaseki who had registered their feelings immediately the party’s candidate was named for the poll.
But the state party chairman, Anselm Ojezua in a statement yesterday, said the committee is chaired by a Board of Trustees member, Prince Malik Afegbua.
Other members are former deputy governor, Lucky Imasuen, Austin Omofuma, Charles Idahosa, Theophilus Okoh, Senator Domingo Obende and Lawrence Okah.
In a related development, a support group, Sunshine Crusaders, has sought a transparent primary in Ondo State, cautioning the leadership of the party both at the state and national levels against manipulating the delegates’ list ahead of the exercise in the state.
The group, at the behest of Bola Ilori, had its monthly meeting over the weekend at the Big House in Ondo West Local Council where 1,112 delegates loyal to him across 15 local councils of the state expressed their preparedness to resist any act to undermine the chances of the party at the poll.
They also expressed confidence that the party would produce the next governor, vowing to stand in the gap as watchdogs against those whose private interests may be at variance with the collective goal.
The group reaffirmed its commitment to a free, fair and credible primary as the only foundation on which the party could rally together all its political arsenals for the election.