As political activities gather full momentum in Edo State ahead of the September 10 governorship election, immediate past Director-General of the PDP Governors Forum, Earl Osaro Onaiwu, has picked the nomination form of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
Onaiwu, who until Monday was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, resigned his appointment as Director-General of the Governors Forum to enable him pursue his governorship aspiration on the platform of APGA.
Receiving him at APGA’s national secretariat when he went to pick his nomination form, National Chairman of the party, Victor Ikechukwu Oye, said the party is excited to receive the aspirant who he described as “a humble intellect with impeccable character.”
He said with the entry of Onaiwu into the Edo governorship race, he is certain that APGA will sweep the poll as “the All Progressives Congress, APC, and PDP produced unacceptable characters as their candidates during their primaries.”
He declared that the governorship candidate showed leadership qualities when he managed the affairs of the governors forum.
The national chairman lampooned the outgoing Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, for stagnating development in Edo State in the last eight years.
Oye said “Edo must be liberated from internal imperialism and dwarfed development that characterised the tenure of the outgoing governor.”
He chided Oshiomhole and advised him to take a cue from the neighbouring Anambra State where the APGA governor has been positively turning around the fortunes of the state.
In his response, Onaiwu said his presence at APGA’s secretariat was “not by default” as he took his time to appraise all the political parties and their performance so far.
He said apart from APGA’s governors giving a very good account of themselves, the party is the only one that is corruption and scandal-free.
He gave assurance that he will duplicate in Edo what is happening in Anambra State if elected governor in September.
He added that the impression that APGA is ‘an Igbo party’, is erroneous as it has won elections outside the South-East zone, especially in Niger, FCT and Taraba States.

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