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Confusion in Edo APC As Two Aspirants Declared Winners of Governorship Primaries Amidst Allegations of Thugs Invasion

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By Our Correspondent

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State is currently at a crossroad as two aspirants have been declared winners of the gubernatorial primary election in the state.

Some media reports indicated that the Chairman of the election committee, Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, had declared Dennis Idahosa the winner of the election with 40,453 votes, while Senator Monday Okpebholo reportedly polled 100 votes.

The declaration by Gov Uzodinma was after thugs invaded the Lushville Hotel collation centre at the time the collation of results was ongoing by the various local government returning officers.

The hoodlums reportedly disrupted the exercise and attacked journalists, electoral officers, and party faithful at the hotel. They ended up chasing the electoral officers out of the venue.

But the State Returning Officer for the primary election, Dr Ugbaja Stanley Uzoamaka, also declared Senator Monday Okpebholo the winner with 12,145 votes and added that Honourable Dennis Idahosa scored 5,536 votes.

Uzoamaka said a total of 42,381 delegates, who were financial members of the party were vetted during the revalidation exercise.

He added that 29,881 delegates were accredited for the primary, while the total votes were still from 29,881 delegates.

Speaking with newsmen, the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Peter Uwadia, described the announcement of Dennis Idahosa as the winner of the primary by Governor Hope Uzodinma as null and void and with no political effect.

Uwadia said, in line with the party constitution, that Governor Uzodimma was just the chairman of the electoral committee and not the returning officer.

He noted that the only person who is constitutionally empowered to announce the results of the primary is the electoral officer and not the chairman of the committee.

He disclosed that five members of the party, who were attacked and wounded are currently receiving treatment in undisclosed hospitals.

In his acceptance remarks, Senator Monday Okpebholo, commended the delegates for the primary, noting that the exercise was peaceful across the 192 wards in the 18 local government areas before thugs were allegedly sponsored to invade the collation centre.

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