Akoko-Edo APC primaries: Speaker, lawmaker, lay claims to Reps ticket


Alexander Okere, Benin

Disagreement has broken out between the incumbent lawmaker representing Akoko-Edo Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Mr. Peter Akpatason; and Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Mr. Kabiru Adjoto.

Both politicians are laying claims to the All Progressives Congress ticket that will enable then to contest the National Assembly election in 2019.

This is because of the non-declaration of results of the House of Representatives’ primary held in the area on Saturday, The PUNCH has learnt.

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The aspirants in the race to represent Akoko-Edo Federal Constituency at the National Assembly are the incumbent lawmaker, Mr. Peter Akpatason, and the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr. Kabiru Adjoto.

The state primary election committee, led by Hajia Farida Suleiman, had, on Sunday, told journalists that the outcome of the exercise could not be announced due to incidents of violence and intimidation of voters during the primary held last Saturday.

Suleiman had, however, said that the result would be published pending the outcome of investigations into the matter.

But the decision of the committee was rejected by supporters of Adjoto, who claimed that he won the election.

Speaking to our correspondent on the telephone, Adjoto said that the reason given by the committee was baseless, as the primary was held peacefully.

He said, “I won the election; the facts are very glaring. The returning officer presented the result from Akoko-Edo and that result he presented to the National Working Committee showed clearly that I won the election.

“There was no violence in the areas I visited; and the commissioner of police, if there were to be violence, would have security reports to that effect.

“I have appealed to my supporters to remain calm, while we await the final pronouncement from the NWC.”

But Akpatason debunked the Speaker’s claim. He queried, “How can he (Adjoto) win? How is it possible for him to win?”

The lawmaker added, “I won that contest very clearly. There was heavy violence by thugs brought from neighbouring states. They (thugs) beat up people in Igarra, for instance.

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