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Obaseki Gets Edo APC Governorship Ticket
Godwin Obaseki has emerged winner of the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, ahead of the Edo State governorship election.
Obaseki, who is currently the Chairman of the Edo State Economy and Strategy team, was declared winner by the Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello-Masari, who was the chairman of the committee on the conduct of the Primaries.
11 other aspirants took part in the exercise which commenced on Saturday at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin, the state capital and ended in the early hours of Sunday.
The other aspirants include the Deputy Governor, Pius Odubu; a former governor, Oserhiemen Osunbor, a former Minister of State for Works, Chris Ogiemwonyi, former President of the Trade Union Congress, TUC, Peter Esele, as well as one female aspirant, Tina Agbarha.
Obaseki polled a total of 1,618 votes to record a landslide win over the other contestants, with his closest opponent, Odubu, coming a distant second with 471 votes.
The only female aspirant in the primary, Agbarha, had a total of three votes.
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had fixed its own governorship primary in Edo State for Monday, June 20, 2016.
Three people will participate in the primary election on the platform of the PDP. They are Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Solomon Edebiri and Mathew Iduoriyekemwen.
The governorship election in Edo State will take place on September 10, 2016, as announced by the independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.