Edo 2024: The fight for PDP and APC reconciliation

Apr 18, 2024 | Politics | 0 comments

In preparation for the upcoming governorship election in Edo State on September 21, 2024, major political parties are making strategic moves to consolidate their positions.

With Governor Godwin Obaseki’s two-term tenure winding down, the race to succeed him at Osadebe House is heating up. Seventeen political parties are gearing up their campaigns to bolster their candidates’ prospects for the forthcoming poll.

While some perceive the election as a two-horse race dominated by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), the Labour Party, led by its candidate Mr. Olumide Akpata, asserts its determination to challenge the status quo and secure victory in Benin City.

The APC appears to have resolved internal conflicts stemming from primary outcomes, while the PDP is actively addressing similar issues following the recent impeachment of Philip Shaibu, the former deputy governor, by the Edo State House of Assembly.

The appointment of Mr. Godwins Omobayo, a former LP candidate, as the new deputy governor has sparked mixed reactions within the PDP, particularly among members from Edo North. Some argue that qualified and experienced PDP members in the region could have filled the vacancy left by Shaibu’s impeachment.

Dr. Asue Ighodalo, the PDP candidate for the upcoming election, is widely viewed as a capable leader with a track record of success. Calls for reconciliation within the PDP, particularly with the Orbih-led faction, aim to bolster support for Ighodalo, especially in the Edo North senatorial zone.

Meanwhile, the APC candidate, Senator Monday Okpebholo, hails from Edo Central, setting the stage for a fiercely contested election against Ighodalo. Former governorship aspirants Chief Felix Akhabue and Mr. Anselm Ojezua are expected to play influential roles in shaping the outcome of the election.

Despite speculations and alliances brewing across party lines, the election in Edo Central remains a pivotal battleground. The involvement of key figures such as High Chief Tom Ikimi and Mr. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama underscores the significance of the region in determining the election’s outcome.

As the campaigns intensify, all eyes are on Edo State as it prepares for a critical electoral test that could reshape its political landscape.

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