By Okechukwu Jombo
An aspirant for the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 2024 Gubernatorial 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 using undemocratic means, having realized that members of the Party in Edo are prepared to reject his puppet, and elect an unblemished candidate who can win the governorship seat for the party.
Agbomhere who is the former South-South Zonal Organising Secretary of the APC, alleged that Oshiomhole had concluded plans to coerce the National Chairman of the APC, His Excellency Alhaji Abdulahi Umar 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.
He noted that Chief 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.
In a statement which he signed in Abuja Monday, Agbomhere insisted that stakeholders in the party have at various times expressed the need for a free and fair primaries in Edo State but Senator Oshiomhole is bent on imposing a candidate on the party which he said 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 Ahmed Tinubu GCFR is known for and had always stood for.
The leading Aspirant said Edo APC will not allow Dennis Idahosa, a serial decampee who was found to be an international fraudster, cheques’ forger and popular 419er by a panel of inquiry set up by Governor Adams Oshiomhole while he served as governor, to be imposed on them by the same 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