Senator Okpebholo Emerges Edo APC Gov’ship Candidate

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THE senator representing Edo Central in the National Assembly, Monday Okpebholo, emerged the winner of the fresh All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election held in Edo State on Thursday.

Okpebholo defeated his major rival in the primary election, Dennis Idahosa who was last week declared the winner of the exercise.  

Cross River Governor, Bassey Otu, who was the Chairman of the Edo APC shadow poll, made the declaration after collating the results from the 18 local government areas.

The collation and declaration were at Lushville Hotel and Suites, Gapiona Avenue, Government Reservation Area (GRA), Benin.

Okpebholo polled 12,433 votes to defeat  Idahosa, who scored 6,541 votes.

It will be recalled that former governor of the state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole (now a senator) had publicly declared support for Dennis Idahosa, before the primary poll.

While the 43-year-old Idahosa – a member of the House of Representatives hails from Edo South Senatorial District, Okpebholo is from Edo Central which has yet to produce a duly elected governor for the Heartbeat state since the return to democracy in 1999.

Recall that the 2007 election of Professor Osehreinmen Osunbor, who is from the same Esan-speaking Edo Central zone, was nullified by the court less than two years after he was sworn in as governor.

 

Eighteen-Eleven Media

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