…as Odubu, others shun meeting
BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—AHEAD the 2016 governorship election in Edo State, the leadership of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo South senatorial district of the state, weekend, called on the Binis to speak with one voice in order to produce a consensus governorship candidate that will take over from Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
But the deputy governor of the state, Dr. Pius Odubu, the Political Adviser to the Governor, Mr Charles Idahosa and APC Woman Leader, Madam Modino Emovon, who are key leaders of the party in the zone, shunned the meeting.
Vanguard learnt that they decided to shun the meeting when they felt that the conveners were using the platform to front for one of the governorship aspirants from the zone.
Consequently, the leaders, under the aegis of Edo South Consultative Forum, constituted a committee to meet with those who absented themselves from the meeting with a view to ensuring that they attend the next meeting of the group. The weekend meeting was held at the residence of former governor of the state, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
However, in a communiqué by the convener of the meeting, Chief Odigie-Oyegun and Secretary, Isaiah Osifo, the forum said that “ a unified Edo South senatorial district will offer a formidable platform to coordinate our collective destiny as a people, as politicians and as democrats. Our individual aspiration and ambition will better be realised if we embrace the culture of unity, regular consultations, discussions and meetings of like minds in our senatorial district.”
Denying backing any particular governorship aspirant, they said “the forum is not designed to support or sponsor a particular candidate for any elective office at any level. The platform will be available to all aspirants to political offices to exercise their rights within the rules and regulations of our great party.”