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Edo 2024: Onochie Reacts As APC Produces Three Candidates, Says I’m Embarrassed

Following the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election in Edo State that produced three gubernatorial candidates, a former media aide to former President Muhammadu Buhari, Laurette Onochie, has described the outcome of the primary as a disgrace to the party.

TheTimes had on Sunday reported that the primary election conducted to elect the APC governorship candidate ahead of the September 21 election produced factional candidates.

The Chairman of the primary election committee, Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, declared Dennis Idahosa the winner of the exercise while the Returning Officer for the primary, Stanley Ugboaja, declared Senator Monday Okpebholo as the APC candidate.

The crisis deepened on Sunday as Anamero Dekeri became the third aspirant to claim victory in Saturday’s governorship primary.

Speaking on the development, Onochie claimed that the ruling party has been hijacked by some unwholesome members who now dictate how it should be run.

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Expressing her disappointment over the outcome of the polls, she wrote  “APC must be different. I am so ashamed, embarrassed and scandalised by the disgraceful conduct of our APC in the Edo State Primary, where four Candidates have now emerged.

“We are Progressives, for heaven’s sake! This is what happens when a few unwholesome men hijack a political party and dictate who should run, taking that role from the people.

“Why is APC bent on keeping the South-South a PDP territory? Each time we have an opportunity to field a winning candidate, PDP agents in APC ensure that APC fields an inferior candidate who does not stand a chance of winning the PDP candidate. It happened in Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa Ibom.

“OfficialAPCNg must recover our party from traders and work with core progressives in the region to give Nigerians in general and South-South in particular, a decent alternative to the messed up PDP.

“At the moment, I look at the two political parties and APC is looking more like PDP than a Progressive political party.

“In conclusion, I believe that the current situation where women are excluded from leadership in APC does the party no good. A situation where the National woman leader and state woman leaders are nominated by men ensures that women are not adequately represented in the party. You can’t clap with one hand.”

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