By Gabriel Enogholase
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Chief Francis Inegbeneki has insisted that in the interest of fairness and equity that the deputy governorship position should be zoned to Edo Central Senatorial Zone of the state.
He also said that contrary to speculations, that there was no controversy on the issue, over which of the zones between the two zones between Edo North and Edo Central that should produce the deputy governor.
Vanguard gathered that APC leaders from Edo Central might have settled for a running mate to Godwin Obaseki from the old Agbazilo bloc of the area.
However, Chief Francis Inegbeneki, who spoke to journalists yesterday in Benin on the issue said, “before the party primaries I led leaders from Esanland to meet with the Governor…and it was agreed that after the primaries the party would meet to decide the issue of a deputy governor.
“We also discussed the fact that Edo Central or Esan must be given priority in the choice of who gets the deputy governorship, there is no controversy about where the gubernatorial running mate is coming from.
“Any right-thinking politician will know that it is not politically wise to give the deputy governor’s slot to a zone which has the outgoing governor. Edo North has the governor with the deputy from Edo South right now, so If Edo South has the governor in the coming dispensations, Edo Central should have the deputy.”
If the APC which is being speculated to be considering a running mate from Edo North where the present governor hails from decides to pick the deputy governorship candidate from Edo Central, it will be following the precedence set by the opposition PDP which picked its running mate from Edo Central on Monday.