LG polls: Crisis rocks Edo ACN over alleged imposition of candidates

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By SIMON EBEGBULEM & GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE

BENIN — CRISIS is brewing in Edo State chapter of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, following accusation of imposition of candidates by senior party officials ahead of the forthcoming local government elections.

Meanwhile, the Senator representing Edo North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Deacon Domingo Obende, has been accused of attempting to impose an aspirant on the party in the forthcoming council polls and may have incurred the wrath of the leadership of his party, ACN, in Akoko Edo Local Government Area.

Vanguard learnt that Senator Domingo, who was accused of attempting to impose one Akin Agbaje on the party, was allegedly meddling in an issue that was not within his jurisdiction, since the internal zoning of the chairmanship slot was said not to be in favour of his Akoko Edo South Constituency.

However, Senator Obende, has denied imposing any chairmanship candidate on the party, insisting that he was only interested on who becomes the chairman of Akoko-Edo council as a concerned citizen of the area.

Meantime, yesterday, party stakeholders, including some chairmanship aspirants, accused the Political Adviser to the governor, Mr. Charles Idahosa, of trying to impose one Mr. Roland Alari, as the chairmanship candidate of the party for Uhunmwonde Local Government Area without passing through due process. Idahosa, however, denied the allegation.

The imposition of candidates, Vanguard learnt, is prevalent in Edo North and Edo South Senatorial Districts.

In Edo North senatorial district, party officials alleged plans by some top government officials to impose some candidates who did not pass through due process as chairmanship candidates.

The aggrieved party members are alleging that some of the party leaders had betrayed the mantra of ‘one man one vote’ upon which the party won popular acclaim in the state.

Party leaders from Uhunmwonde, in a communiqué read by Chief Sam Iredia, alleged that the governor’s aide organised an illegal congress last Monday at his residence, when the state leadership of the party was yet to screen the aspirants, scheduled for February 2 and 3, 2013.

But reacting, Idahosa said the primaries conducted at his residence were on the instruction of the state party caucus.

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