Tue. Apr 16th, 2024

By Ojukwu Emmanuel Chiadikaobi

 

 

Senator Monday Okpebholo has clinched victory in the Edo State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primaries, emerging as the winner after a closely contested re-run election. Okpebholo secured a total of 12,433 votes, surpassing 11 other aspirants in the race.

The re-run was called following the declaration of the initial contest as inconclusive by the party leadership. Senator Okpebholo was among the three candidates who emerged as winners in the cancelled shadow poll held last Saturday.

The final results were officially announced in Benin by Bassey Otu, the new Chairman of the election committee and Governor of Cross River State, after collating votes from the 18 Local Government Areas.

Senator Okpebholo’s victory marks his second win in the APC governorship primaries in Edo State. He had previously emerged as the winner in the initial primaries when Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State chaired the election committee. However, Uzodimma was later replaced by Otu, who indicated his unavailability for the re-run election.

The declaration of Senator Monday Okpebholo as the winner of the APC governorship primaries sets the stage for a heightened political contest in Edo State as the general elections draw closer.

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