Following controversies that came with Godwin Obasek’s victory in yesterday’s primaries of the All Progressives Congress in Benin City, Edo State, Governor Adams Oshiomhole has denied rumours of purchasing or cloning of Permanent Voter Cards(PVC).
Oshiomhole described the accusation as a “fallacy”.
Addressing journalists after casting his vote at the primaries at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, the governor said that racketeering was not possible, given measures put in place.
He said it was part of the diversionary antics usually recorded in any electoral process.
The governor promised that the primaries and the main election coming up on September 10 in the state would be transparent, fair and credible.
Before the commencement of polling in the primary, the Chairman of the Committee handling the exercise, Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State, had announced that voting would be thump-printing against photograph of the aspirants.
Masari was against delegates taking shots of their voting card. He said; “The interest of Edo should be the driving motive of those who want to be at the driving seat of the state.
“Whoever emerges winner of the primaries will need the other aspirants’ support to face candidates of the other parties, hence there will be no loser at the end of the day.”
The primaries result was announced early this morning, proclaiming Godwin Obaseki, believed to be the anointed candidate of Governor Oshimhole winner.
In all, 12 candidates contested the primaries, including Oshiomhole’s Deputy, Dr. Pius Odubu.
Others who stood for the primaries included Engineer Chris Ogiemwonyi, Barrister Kenneth Imasuangbon, retired General Charles Airhavbere and Comrade Peter Esele.
Two of the aspirants- Kenneth Imasuagbon and Chris Ogiemwonyi – caused a stir mid way into the voting when they asked Governor Adams Oshiomhole to stop moving around the stadium.
Earlier in the day, during the screening of delegates, our reporter learnt that some delegates’ names were missing from lists. According to the report, the officials blamed the incident on APC secretariat Abuja and advised them to file a complaint.
But a source who preferred anonymity said that the missing names were deliberately removed.
“As I am talking to you, a particular campaign organisation has completed plans to rig the primaries. They have successfully connived with officials to smuggle out some names from each local government and replace them with their choice delegates. Some people who have no business being among the delegates have been accredited to vote”.
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