BREAKING: APC Nullifies Edo Governorship Primary, Gives Reason, Other Details

BREAKING: APC Nullifies Edo Governorship Primary, Gives Reason, Other Details

  • The APC has announced the nullification of its Saturday governorship primary election in Edo state
  • Felix Morka, the spokesperson of the party, announced the development on Tuesday night after an emergency meeting of the Abdullahi Ganduje-led NWC
  • Governor Hope Uzodinma, the chairman of the election committee, had announced Dennis Idahosa as the winner of the poll, but two other victors later emerged journalist Bada Yusuf is an accomplished politics and current affairs editor, boasting over seven years of experience in journalism and writing.

FCT, Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has nullified its Edo state governorship primary election held on Saturday, February 17, as inconclusive.

Recall that Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo state coordinated the exercise as the chairman of the APC primary election committee.

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However, the poll was trailed with controversies and produced three winners.

APC primaries in Edo nullified
APC has nullified the Edo governorship election primary. Photo Credit: APC Nigeria
Source: Twitter

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The Uzodinma-led committee had announced Dennis Idahosa, a member of the House of Representatives, as the winner of the election, Daily Trust reported.

However, Senator Monday Okpebholo was also declared winner by a returning officer for the election, which was held at the residence of the former governorship candidate of the party, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, in Benin.

Later on the same day, Ojo Babatunde, the spokesperson of the local government returning officers, announced Anamero Sunday Dekeri, the lawmaker representing the Etsako Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, as the winner of the primary.

This led to protests as women and youths of the party stormed the APC secretariat on Monday, February 19, and chased members of the Jarret Tenabe-led state working committee out of the office.

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Edo: Why APC cancelled its primary

Another drama ensued at the national secretariat of the APC when Dekeri stormed the secretariat and told Abdullahi Ganduje, the party's national chairman, to issue him the certificate of return.

Dekeri claimed he polled the highest number of votes in the election.

On Tuesday night, February 20, the national chairman of the APC summoned an emergency meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC).

Addressing journalists after the meeting on Tuesday, the national publicity secretary of the APC, Felix Morka, said:

“The NWC resolves that the Edo State governorship primary election has not been completed and has now fixed Thursday, February 22, 2024, for the completion of the APC primary election process.”

Tribunal frees APC Governor Ododo earlier reported that the Kogi state governorship election petition tribunal upheld the victory of Governor Usman Ododo in the November 2023 election in the state.

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The court struck out the appeal filed by one of the oppositions of the governor, APP, after the party withdrew its case against him.

Ododo was declared the winner of the November 11, 2023 election by INEC in the state after polling highest votes in the election.


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