Monday, July 11, 2016 10:01 pm
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has congratulated Mr. Godwin Obaseki on his emergence as the APC flag-bearer for the September 10, 2016 governorship election in Edo State following the Party’s June 18, 2016 governorship primaries held in the Edo State Capital, Benin City.
Odigie-Oyegun also congratulated the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari-led seven-member Election Committee for successfully conducting a very transparent, free, fair and credible governorship primaries in Edo State.
He also thanked the Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele-led three-member Edo State governorship Election Appeal Committee for successfully carrying out its assignment and submitting a report.
The APC National Chairman called on Party stakeholders to close ranks and support the candidature of Mr. Godwin Obaseki in the leadup to the forthcoming Edo State Governorship elections.
Odigie-Oyegun: “As the Party prepares for the September 10, 2016 governorship election in Edo State, I call on all aspirants, party leaders, stakeholders and teeming members of our great Party to close ranks and unite as a strong political fighting force behind the candidature of Mr. Godwin Obaseki for a landslide victory at the forthcoming Edo State governorship election.
Meanwhile, the National Working Committee of APC has adopted the report of the Party’s Edo State June 18, 2016 Governorship Primaries 2016 Appeals Committee.
This was disclosed by the APC National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni on Monday.
Mai Mala Buni also announced that the APC NWC also approved the winner of the June 18, 2016 APC Governorship Election Primaries, Mr. Godwin Obaseki as the Party’s flag-bearer for the forthcoming Edo State Governorship election.
The three-member Appeal Committee had on Wednesday June 29, 2016 submitted its report to the APC National Chairman at the Party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.
The Committee said it received petitions from two aspirants, Barrister Kenneth Imansuagbon and Engineer Chris Ogiemwonyi.
In its report, the Committee submitted that the Edo State 2016 APC Governorship primaries were valid and while not dismissing the seriousness of the allegations and claims of the Petitioners, the issues raised were not compelling as to warrant the cancellation of the Primary Election.
The Committee called on all APC stakeholders in Edo State to put the Party’s interest over and above personal interests in ensuring a speedy and amicable reconciliation.
The Committee recommended that the leadership of the Party step up diplomacy in trying to reconcile stakeholders in Edo State.
The Committee also urged the National Chairman of the Party to consolidate on his involvement in reaching out to all aggrieved parties.
The Committee also recommended that a high-powered committee be set up by the Party to reach out and mediate between the Edo State Governor, His Excellency, Adams Oshiomhole and all aspirants who participated in the Primary election.
“The request by the aspirants was that the Edo State APC governorship election primaries should be transparent, free, fair and credible. This, the Party achieved creditably during the primaries. Going forward, we should avoid triumphalist actions and avoid creating new stresses within the Party. We should all seek to reunify the Party to face the September 10, 2016 governorship election,” said the Committee.