leading contender for the gubernatorial ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State, Maj-Gen. Charles Airhiavbere has debunked a notion that the state leadership of the party had anointed a particular aspirant ahead of the party primaries.
Airhiavbere, who formally declared his ambition to his kinsmen at the weekend at Agbodo community in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo South, said that only the best candidate would emerge in the primaries, adding that “Nobody will impose candidate on Edo APC and only the best candidate will be accepted.”
The former chief accountant of the Nigerian Army debunked rumours making the round that a close functionary of the Edo State government had been pencilled down for the APC governorship ticket.
He said that it was laughable to think that Edo APC was capable of skewing the guber primaries in favour of a preferred aspirant, adding that “Edo people know better and will resist any attempt to manipulate the primaries to favour any aspirant.
“Edo State cannot afford to be different in the political scheme of things with the APC led federal government in the country. The APC Primaries in Lagos, Kogi and Bayelsa State, were all transparent and Edo State cannot be different, coupled with the fact that Edo state is the only APC state in the South-South.”
Airhivabere, who called on contestants on the platform of the APC to see the primaries as an exercise to test their popularity amongst the party delegates, noted that the President Mohammadu Buhari-led APC government was known for transparency and frowns at disrespect for the rule of law.
According to him, the national leadership of the ruling APC will ensure transparency at the Edo APC primaries to ensure that the electoral process is not skewed in favour of a particular or anointed aspirant.

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