AHEAD of the 2016 governorship election in Edo State, national leadership of All Progressives Congress, APC, led by its Vice Chairman, South-South, Mr Hilliard Ettah, has denied allegation that delegates list for the governorship primaries had been tampered with.

Ettah, flanked by the National Organising Secretary of the party, Senator Osita Izunaso, at a stakeholders meeting with governorship aspirants of the party and its leaders, yesterday, also condemned the seeming attack on Governor Adams Oshiomhole by some of the aspirants, who accused him of backing the aspiration of Mr Godwin Obaseki, informing them that as a leader of the party, the governor deserves the right to have his preference for an aspirant but that the party will ensure that due process was followed in the conduct of the primaries.

The meeting was attended by Governor Oshiomhole, his deputy, Dr Pius Odubu, who is also one of the aspirants. Other aspirants at the meeting included Gen. Charles Airhiavbere, Engr. Chris Ogienwonyi, Osarodion Ogie, Godwin Obaseki and Peter Esele, among others.

Mr Ettah, who commended Governor Oshiomhole’s developmental strides in the state, reminded the leaders that Edo remains the only APC state in the South South and that the leadership of the party has no intention of losing it to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as he appealed for peaceful campaign, assuring that while the party will provide a level playing ground, the aspirants too must support the party no matter who wins the primaries.

“And let me also say that nobody is changing the delegate list. Unlike some parties where they always elect their delegates prior to every primaries, the list of APC delegates is already known by everybody because they have been there for four years,” he said.


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