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Edo 2016: Ex-General, five others battle for PDP ticket

BY SIMON EBEGBULEM

THE battle for the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State may not be an easy one, as six persons may have perfected plans to join the race to succeed Governor Adams Oshiomhole in 2016.

Meanwhile, the third term ambition of National Assembly members in the PDP in Edo Central is tearing the party apart in the district as some members of the party have threatened to dump the party for the APC if the leadership of the party in the area does not endorse their ambition.

Those who may have indicated interest to run for the 2016 governorship race under the PDP include Gen.Charles Airhiavbere, who was the PDP’s candidate in 2012;  his cousin, Senator Ehigie Uzamere; Kenneth Imasuagbon, Engr.Chris Ogienwonyi, Arch.Mike Onolemenmen, current Minister of Works and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

But  the PDP seems confused as to where to cede the governorship ticket either to the South or Central senatorial districts. Oshiomhole is from Edo North, so none of the parties seems to think in that direction. Airhiavbere, Uzamere, Ize-Iyamu and Ogienwonyi are from the South senatorial district.

Imasuagbon and Onolemenmen hail from the Central where Chief Tony Anenih, the Chairman, BOT of the PDP, hails from. It is being rumoured that Anenih may back Onolemenmen who is doing well as Minister of Works, while Imasuagbon is being backed by youths in the area. But it was learnt that the Edo South leaders of the PDP are insisting that the Onolemenmen candidacy may be a disastrous move due to the fact that the Binis who are more in population, may not want to vote a non-Bini as governor after Oshiomhole in 2016.


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