Ruling All Peoples Congress, APC, in Edo State is set to pick its gubernatorial running mate from Edo Central (Esanland) as part the of efforts to mainstream the senatorial district into the political structure of the state.
As part of efforts in this direction, party leaders from the district who say there is no controversy about the zone producing the running mate, are believed to have also settled for a candidate from Agbazilo axis of the senatorial district.
Chief Francis Inegbeneki, a party chieftain speaking to reporters in Benin City on the development 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 will meet to decide the issue of a deputy governor “.
He said, “We also discussed the fact that Edo Central or Esan must be given priority in the choice of who gets the deputy governorship”, adding that, “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”.
The politician argued that it is in the interest of fairness and equity that the Esan people who have been left out of the power structure in the state and have been pacified with the legislative off of State Assembly Speaker gets the slot for APC deputy governor in 2016.

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