The Edo State Chapter of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Party factional loyalists to the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole yesterday failed to reach a consensus over its unity Candidate, ahead of the Party Primaries.
According to a reliable source, an attempt to shop for a consensus candidate through it shadow primary ends in stalemate as stakeholders rose to postpone to another date due to dissatisfying elementary arrangements that tend to favour a particular candidate amongst the frontliners.
The meeting was said to be arranged by the stakeholders with an intention to produce a consensus candidate from the four frontline aspirants in the state including Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, Pius Odubu and retired General Charles Airhiavbere.
NAIJA CENTER NEWS scooped from a source who craved anonymity that the meeting which was slated to hold at the residence of a former deputy governor of the state, Lucky Imasuen was disrupted while trying to agree on modalities to be used for the shadow election.
The source told NCN that, the contest exhibited ferocious aggressiveness amongst the trio of Ize-Iyamu, former Deputy Governor, Pius Odubu and former Minister of State for Works, Chris Ogiemwonyi.
The Source also revealed that Engineer Ogiemwonyi left the meeting point for his home shortly after the meeting was disrupted and tensions worsening.
“What happened was that there was controversy on whether to allow the 14 elected members of the state House of Assembly who are yet to resume sitting to vote. It was decided that they should vote but that decision caused division as most of the 14 of them are said to be supporting the aspiration of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu,” the source stated.
According to the source, one of the aspirants also questioned the number of delegates from Edo North and Edo Central.
“Prof. Julius Ihonvbere led the consensus arrangement and presided over it before it was scuttled at Chief Lucky Imasuen’s house. Some of the aspirants believed that the 14 lawmakers will support Ize-Iyamu and initially opposed their inclusion before it was agreed that they should be part of it. An aspirant also raised concerns about the number of delegates from Edo Central and Edo North”.
“Some of the aspirants had stepped down for Ize-Iyamu which boosted his chances but others raised issues that led to the disruption which we believe one of them sponsored and then the eventual postponement. The composition of the delegates, if it was not disrupted, would have given an edge to Ize-Iyamu who seems to have majority support,” the source Confirmed.
The battle to unseat the incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki gets messier by the singular collaborations of the aggrieved members of the same Ruling All Progressive Congress in Edo State.
But with the fillers coming from the aggrieved camp, the roadmap to unseating him could turn a blessing in disguise if they can’t find a common front to achieve their aims as things unfold in the coming days.