IN A BUILD up towards the September 10, 2016 governorship election in Edo state, more aspirants at the weekend emerged candidate of their various political parties. Among them is an ace broadcaster, Mr. Thomas Sado of the Independent Radio and TV, Benin City who emerged candidate of the progressive people’s alliance (PPA) in the state. Speaking after his emergence Sado declared that his programme for the state is anchored on a seven point agenda aim at ensuring a positively and totally transformed state. “in line with the PPA manifesto, this cut across health, education, agriculture/employment, i n d u s t r i a l i s a t i o n , infrastructures, security and housing where I and indeed the PPA have a positive difference to impact on our treasured, hardworking, resourceful and culture- endowed Edo people”. On how prepared is the party for the polls, Mr. Dave Esokpunwu, the PPA state chairman said: “we are not just merely in this governorship race, but we are strongly in it to win believing that come September 10, 2016 the PPA will be on its way to Dennis Osadebey avenue. “And as vividly enunciated by our candidate in his acceptance speech, Edo state will be better off for it going by the laudable programme of a PPA government for the good and hardworking people of Edo State,” Esokpunwu maintain”. Bishop Akhalamhe an aspirant of people for democratic change (PDC) also emerged victorious as the consensus candidate of the party during PDC primary election held in Benin City yesterday in the presence of representative of independent national electoral commission (I.N.E.C) The acting state chairman of the party, Mr. Erhunmwunse Joseph who declared the primary election exercise  open said the party’s decision to upheld the election of Akhalamhe through voice vote endorsement as candidate of the party is in line with the directive of the national leadership. Bishop Akhalamhe in his acceptance speech decried the present economic pains which residents in the state are faced with and promised to revive the economy of the state through industrialisation with focus on critical income generating infrastructures. Also, Prince Frank Ukonga, the former state chairman of social democratic party (S.D.P) who dumped the party for the new Nigeria peoples party (NNPP) has won the governorship ticket under the platform of NNPP. Ukonga promised an enhance relationship between the government and workers in the state. He said: “In the aspects of labour and workers of the state, I promise to pay salaries as at when due, ratify all promotions and pay local government workers promptly and also to employ more than 50,000 new workers into the civil service of the state.”

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