Former APC chairman breaks silence on Edo, Ondo guber elections, warns against imposition
- Former national chairman of APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, has revealed why the party should give Obaseki and Akeredolu re-election tickets
- The APC chieftain said that both governors have performed well in Edo and Ondo states
- Odigie-Oyegun, however, warned the party leadership against imposing candidates in Edo and Ondo states
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Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the immediate past national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday, May 21, passed a vote of confidence on Edo and Ondo governors, Godwin Obaseki and Rotimi Akeredolu.
The Nation reports that the former Edo governor said both Obaseki and Akeredolu should be given the party’s ticket for re-election.
Legit.ng gathered that he emphasised that the governors have “performed creditably well and should be returned unless they do not do wish.”
Odigie-Oyegun said his call for the support for the two governors was informed by the agreement reached to settle the leadership crisis at the national level that threatened its existence.
He, however, cautioned the party’s leadership from imposing candidates, calling for free and fair primaries in both states.
According to him, should other members showed interest, the party should accept other aspirants.
“Our democracy of course has no room for imposition so the party must accept and also present members who offer themselves to serve in the positions being occupied by the incumbent governors,” he stressed.
He specifically warned that the nature of the governorship primary election in Edo state would determine the shape and survival of APC as a political party.
He maintained: “It is of critical importance that the primary be seen even by a blind man, to be free and fair otherwise there would be political consequences.”
Odigie-Oyegun advised that a consensus be built behind Governor Obaseki, saying that in the absence of this, “everything must be done to ensure that the persons in the leadership of the party at the center who are part of the contrived crisis in Edo state must not even remotely be allowed to plan, participate or supervise the primary election.
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“Allowing any member(s) of the national leadership who have been involved in the contrived crisis in Edo state would equate making such person or person judges in their own case. This is contrary to the principle of natural justice and will be naturally resisted,” Odigie-Oyegun warned.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a former commissioner in Edo state under the Oshiomhole administration, Kassim Afegbua, defended the former governor’s actions in regards to the upfront payment of 75% for the construction of the Edo Specialist Hospital.
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