Accredited delegates for Saturday’s All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship primaries in Edo State were conveyed to the Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, venue of the primaries under tight security.
Accreditation of delegates began simultaneously at three different centers in Benin City at about 11:30am.
Edo South delegates were accredited at Agbado Primary School, while delegates from Edo Central were accredited at George Idah Primary School.
Delegates from Edo North were accredited at Imaguero College.
Security agents were deployed to all the accreditation centers to prevent break down of law and order at the centres.
The accreditation was done on local government basis and each local government delegates were conveyed to the venue of the primaries under tight security to prevent others from joining.
A total of 2,873 delegates are expected to participate in the primaries and 12 aspirants are vying for the right to represent the party at the state governorship election taking place later in the year.
The aspirants are – Mr. Godwin Obaseki, Major Gen. Charles Airhiavbere, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, Blessing Agbomhere, Dr. Pius Odubu, Kenneth Imasuangbon, Com. Peter Esele, Oserheimen Osunbor, Tina Agbarha, Austin Emuan, Emmanuel Arigbe-Osula and Prof. Ebegbue Amadasun.
Hon. Philip Shaibu, the lawmaker presenting Estako Federal Constituency said the APC as a civil party had entrenched rule of law and democracy in the country.
He said the primaries would be peaceful and the results accepted because every delegate came to vote with a mindset of continuity.
SOURCE: The Nation Online