2,304 delegates expected for Edo primary June 18

Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress

Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress

The All Progressives Congress (APC) says 2,304 delegates will be electing a gubernatorial candidate for the party in Edo on June 18.

Twelve delegates from 192 wards in 18 local government areas will converge on Benin to choose a candidate out of the 12 aspirants angling for the top job in the state.

Of the 12 aspirants, 11 bought their expression of interest and nomination forms for N5.5 million each while one, a woman, got hers for free.

Some of the aspirants confirmed the allegation that some fellows were buying up Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) ahead of the Sept. 10 election in the state.

An aspirant, Mr Charles Airhiavbere, told newsmen at the APC secretariat that such acts were fraudulent, despicable and shameful.

“That information is correct. Delegates have reported some elements buying up PVCs for N5,000.

“This is a gross abuse of human rights. It’s a challenge a leader has to face in the future. It’s painful to hear.

“One aspirant had to post an advert that people should not sell their birth rights. In Owan, one buyer was driven out of that area,” Airhiavbere said.

On another allegation that the aspirants were being pressured to step down, Airhiavbere said: “I will not be in that category of people stepping down for other aspirants.

“Aside that where is the democracy if I step down; that is a psychological warfare but for me I won’t step down for anyone.”

Another aspirant and incumbent deputy governor, Mr Pius Odubu, told newsmen that “I’ve heard that allegation too but I cannot confirm whether it is true or not.

“In any case if anyone does that, it’s just a wasteful exercise because there are other forms of identification aside from the PVCs.

“What you need is to properly identify yourself at the polling …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper