Two thousand eight hundred and seventy three delegates have been selected to elect the All Progressives Congress, APC’s Edo state governorship candidate in a primary election scheduled for June 18, 2016.
The party’s National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso stated this at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja during the inauguration of a seven-member Election Committee to conduct the primary election in Edo State.
A three-member Election Appeal Committee was also inaugurated in case of any complaints that arise from the primaries.
Going by the APC 2014 guidelines for the election of candidates for public office, delegates for the 2016 APC Edo Governorship Election Primaries Committee are constituted into an Electoral College comprising of the following: 12 Principal Officers of the Ward Executive Committee; all members of the Local Government Executive Committee from all the Local Government Areas in the State; all members of the State Executive Committee; all members of the National Executive Committee from the State; all members of the Board of Trustees and National Caucus from the State; all elected persons from the State.
Speaking at the inauguration, Chairman of the Election Committee, Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari said the Committee will ensure Justice and fairness to all the contestants.
“I want to assure you that we will do our best and produce the best and we hope that there will be no work for the Appeals Committee. We are going to do a thorough job. I also want to use this opportunity to assure that we will do Justice to all. We have no preferred candidate, we have no friends and what we will be doing in Edo, and we will be doing for APC, for Nigeria and for the Edo people” Masari said.
Also speaking at the inauguration, Chairman of the Appeal Committee, Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele expressed confidence that there will be no reason for appeal after the Primaries.
“The constitution of our country is very clear and in cases that has been decided by Election Petition Tribunals, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court is very clear that before any aspirant can come to court, you must not only explore, but must have exhausted the internal mechanism available within the party of trying to protest or complain before coming to the court room. It is in that regard that we see the assignment given to us by the party as a very sensitive one.
“We hope there will be reason for anyone to come to appeal, but it is easier we assume. What is more important is not the complaint but if the process of selecting the candidate is transparent, it will be easier to manage” Bamidele said.
Twelve aspirants (11 male and 1 female) collected the APC Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms for the Edo state governorship election. They are: Mr. Blessing Abdulwarith Agbomhere; Major Gen. Charles Ehigie Airhiavbere; Prof. Fredrick Ebegue Amadasun; Hon. Emmanuel Arigbe-Osula; Architect Austin Ilenre Emuan; Comrade Peter Ekhermhalomhen Esele; Barrister Kenneth Imansuangbon; Mr. Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki; Rt. Hon. Pius Egberanmwen Odubu; Mrs. Agbarha Justina Ebeyehi Ojehor; Engineer Christopher Osa Ogiemwonyi and Professor Oserheimen Aigberadion Osunbor.