ONE of the governorship aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the November 2024 election in Edo state, Dr. Blessing Agbomhere has raised the alarm over what he described as a plot by the leader of the party in the State, Senator Adams Oshiomhole to foist one Dennis Idahosa as the party’s flagbearer.
Agbomhere is accusing the APC leader of Planning to use undemocratic means, after he had allegedly realized that members of the Party in Edo are prepared to reject any puppet imposed on them by any political godfather.
Agbomhere, who is the former South-South Zonal Organising Secretary of the APC, said the people are determined to
elect ‘an unblemished candidate’ who can win the governorship seat for the party.
He further alleged that Oshiomhole “had concluded plans to coerce the National Chairman of the APC, Abdulahi Ganduje into appointing Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma as the Chairman of the Edo State Primaries Committee, where about three hundred and twenty six thousand two hundred and twelve votes will be cooked up in favour of Oshiomhole’s stooge, while a handful of votes will be allocated to the eleven other aspirants.”
The governorship aspirant claimed that “Uzodinma is to use the opportunity of the Edo State primaries to pay back Oshiomhole for handing him the party’s ticket to contest the governorship position in Imo State in 2018, when he (Oshiomhole) presided over the affairs of the party as National Chairman.”
Agbomhere in a statement he signed in Abuja Monday, stated that stakeholders in the party have at various times expressed the need for a free and fair primaries in Edo State but alleging that “Senator Oshiomhole is bent on imposing a candidate on the party”.
He insisted that such plan will be vehemently opposed and will end up ridiculing the democratic principles and antecedents the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed forces, Bola Tinubu is known for and had always stood for.
He vowed not to allow Dennis Idahosa, who he described as “a serial decampee’
among other allegations to be imposed on them by Oshiomhole.
Agbomhere said: “APC’s National Working Committee must not allow Senator Oshiomhole to ridicule APC and President Bola Ahmed Tinubu again in Edo State.
“Chief Hope Uzodinma was the Chairman of the APC Party primaries committee that returned Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the candidate of the party in 2020 and stayed with the duo of Ize-Iyamu and Oshiomhole throughout the period of the election, hence his coming again in 2024 will be seen as that of a hatchet man.”
Agbomhere added that if Oshiomhole’s plot is left unchecked, the APC in Edo State would be thrown into a massive crisis which will snowball into a catastrophic loss of the November governorship election and once again depriving the people of the state an opportunity to benefit from the Renewed Hope Agenda of the APC government at the centre.