Aide to Governor Adams Oshiomhole and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State, Mrs. Evelyn Igbafe, yesterday, joined the camp of aggrieved governorship aspirants who rejected the result of last Saturday’s primaries.
She blasted the leadership of the party and the state government over what she tagged ‘injustice that allegedly trailed the contest which produced Mr. Godwin Obaseki as candidate of the APC for the September 10 governorship election in the state’.
Following this development, the APC, yesterday, inaugurated a reconciliation committee to reach out to members who may feel aggrieved over the outcome of the gubernatorial primaries.
State Chairman of the party, Mr. Anselm Ojezua, said the committee would be chaired by a member of the Board of Trustees, BoT, Prince Malik Afegbua.
Igbafe had described the outcome of the governorship primaries as a sham.
Igbafe, who is the Executive Director, Poverty Alleviation Agency and Women Molisation to Governor Oshiomhole, stated this at a press conference held in Benin City.
She called for the immediate cancellation of the primaries in the interest of justice, fair-play and growth, as well as the success of the ruling party, stressing that the primaries was a charade.
She challenged APC leaders and its members to reflect seriously on the successful gubernatorial primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in which Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu was elected candidate without any form of crisis.
The governor’s aide said the APC’s governorship candidate is unsellable and might be a disaster waiting to consume the party in the forthcoming election.
According to her, “If the party continues with the choice of Obaseki as its flagbearer I pity it at the governorship polls, the defeat will be land-slide because I know that APC will fail ‎with Obaseki. The reason we are not accepting him is because the party manipulated the primaries. APC has disappointed Edo people. I have never seen a situation were primaries will be conducted at night after delegates were accredited during the day.”
Igbafe stated that Edo people are not happy with the conduct and outcome of the primaries, pointing out that “in any environment where injustice thrives, silence is a crime. I want to tell Edo people that it is not over until it is over. We are crying over the injustice that was carried out at Ogbemudia stadium. They came out with ‘an unriped mango and unriped tomatoes’.
‘‘You watched the PDP and how they conducted their primary election, it was peaceful and Ize-Iyamu emerged successfully, in ours everything went wrong because it was manipulated and for that reason we are not accepting that.
“The general election is ahead and it is no longer APC voting for APC. I am telling you that if Obaseki gets that election in September, know that I am lying,” insisting that she remains in the APC.
Meanwhile, the APC leadership listed other members of the reconciliation committee as Lucky Imasuen, Austin Omofuma, Charles Idahosa, Theophilus Okoh, Senator Domingo Obende and Lawrence Okah.
Ojezua said “the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State on Saturday, June 18 was the most successful intra-party election ever conducted by the party in Nigeria. It was peaceful, transparent, free and fair.
“We give thanks to the Almighty God, for his comprehensive control of the entire process, our thanks also goes to His Excellency, the Governor of Katsina State and Chairman of the committee that conducted the primaries, Alhaji Bello Masari. Through him, we extend our gratitude to each and every member of the committee that worked to ensure the successful conduct of the event.
“We remain eternally grateful to all delegates ably led by the Comrade Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, for the patience, perseverance and outstanding conduct throughout the process which lasted almost 24 hours.
“The result of the election is a clear indication that the APC in Edo State is strong and united contrary to the falsehood earlier peddled in the media that Edo State APC is in crisis. I have this morning inaugurated a reconciliation committee headed by Prince Malik Afegbua to reach out to all those who may have been affected one way or the other by processes leading to and including the primaries. This is in order to position the party to confront the general election which comes up on September 10.”

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