Why we can’t release results of Akoko-Edo APC National Assembly primary –Committee

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Alexander Okere, Benin

The Edo State Primary Election Committee for the All Progressives Congress has said that it could not release the results of the National Assembly primary in Akoko-Edo area of Edo State due to the crisis that followed its conduct.

Violence had erupted at the All Progressives Congress primary for the Akoko-Edo federal constituency in Edo State, the state primary election committee said on Sunday evening.

The committee also said that party members who assembled at the venues of the exercise held across the 10 wards were harassed and intimidated.

But the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo, disagreed that violence was recorded in the affected area.

“I am not in the picture of any violence. The primary, as conducted by the team (committee) that came in, was free of any form of violence. It was a hitch-free exercise,” Kokumo told The PUNCH on the telephone.

The election was between the incumbent, Mr. Peter Akpatason, and the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr. Kabiru Adjoto.

There had been disagreements among supporters of the two aspirants over who should get the party’s ticket in the 2019 general elections.

While Akpatason is currently serving his second term in the House of Representatives, Adjoto would complete his third term as the lawmaker representing Akoko-Edo II constituency in the House of Assembly.

Briefing journalists at the APC state secretariat in Benin, the chairman of the state primary election committee, Hajia Farida Suleiman, said that the results of the exercise from the area were not ready due to the crisis.

Suleiman, however, assured that the results would be released when investigations into the violence are concluded.

She also said that some wards in the Edo Central senatorial district witnessed violent activities.

Meanwhile, the committee declared a former federal lawmaker, Mr. Patrick Obahiagbon, as winner of the Edo South senatorial primary, having polled 90,140 votes to defeat his opponent, Erhabor Emokpae.

In Edo Central, it said that a former commissioner for finance, John Inegbedion, won with 27,293 votes to defeat his closest opponent and a former member of the House of Representatives, Patrick Ikhariale, who got 3,739 votes.

The incumbent senator representing Edo North, Mr. Francis Alimekhena, was returned unopposed with 89,341 votes.

Suleiman listed other winners to include Dennis Idahosa (Ovia federal constituency), Osaigbovo Iyoha (Oredo federal constituency), Joseph Ikpea (Esan North-East/Esan South-West) and Patrick Aisowieren (Orhionmwon/Uhunmwonde).

Also listed as winners were Patrick Idiake (Esan Central/Esan North-East/Igueben), Ehiozuwa Agbonnayima (Egor/Ikpoba-Okha), Prof. Julius Ihonvbere (Owan federal constituency) and Johnson Oghuma (Etsako federal constituency).

The committee chairman said that the results for the House of Assembly primaries would be declared and pasted in “due course.”

 

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