Governorship election: Edo-APC Diaspora Council meets Osunbor, pledges support to best candidate
By Bridget Ikyado
The Edo-APC Diaspora Council, says the state deserves the best and will support any governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) with the pedigree to transform the state.
A statement by the Publicity Secretary of the Council, Comr. Victoria Emike Okhai, said that the Director General of the council, Dr. Legend Asuelime, made the pledge a governorship aspirant, Sen. Oserheimen Aigberaodion Osunbor, visited him.
Legend Asuelime said what the council would support the party to ensure equity in the nomination of the party’s governorship candidate in February 2024.
He expressed the hope that the best candidates would emerge, and the would be dynamic in its operations to ensure stability.
The director general told Osunbor, a two-time Senator and former Governor of the state, that the Edo-APC Diaspora Council, would continue to play its part in molding public opinion not just during the primaries but also the governorship election.
He said the governorship aspirant was sincere in his approach and has very deep passion and plan for the growth and development of the state.
“With a few words, the sincerity of the aspirant was clear. He articulated a few of what he felt Edo deserved at this point in time, and it was obvious he meant well for the state,” Legend Asuelime added.
He also said Osunbor has remained mentally sound and physically fit in spite of his age, adding that he was ready for the job.
“Moreover, at this period, when Edo Central is demanding for the ticket to be zoned to them, using ethics and equity as a barometer, excluding one of their best candidates in the zone based on age or other irrelevant factors should not be condoned.
“The constitution of the party did not state anywhere that party members lose their right to aspire to the highest office in any state of the Federation because of age.
The former governor deserves and reserves his right to contest for the ticket with others. We will support that notion, except there are other guidelines that the party will come up with to streamline candidates that may affect him.”
“By then, we will have no choice but to respect and follow the Party’s decision. For now, we have seen none, and we believe he will be a good governor if the party favors him with the ticket,” the Edo-APC Diaspora Council leader said.
Earlier, Osunbor had briefed the Edo-APC Diaspora Council director general on his aspiration to secure the governorship ticket of the APC and some of his plans for the state.