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Edo 2020: Idahosa Asks INEC Not To Accept Okpebholo As APC’s Candidate

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  • Rt. Hon Dennis Idahosa
Rt. Hon Dennis Idahosa has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to uphold the governorship primary election that produced him as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state.
In a letter to the Chairman of the electoral body by his legal firm, Wole Olanipekun & Co and dated March 4, Idahosa said that the primary electiob conducted by the party and duly monitored by the Commission, remained the authentic primary of the party.
Idahosa described the other primary conducted on the 22nd of February where he was alloted votes of 6,541 as a charade and urged INEC to disregard the same.
The letter to INEC sogned by Bode Olanipekun [SAN] read in part: “The record of INEC/the Commission will show that, under your leadership, the Commission monitored the Edo State APC primary election for the nomination of the Governorship candidate of the APC pursuant to the prior notification that the primary election will specifically hold on 17th of February, 2024.
“The primary election was indeed held, and i garnered 40,453 votes, a copy of the result certified by INEC is attached herein with this letter.
“INEC’s report of monitoring the election confirms that, at the end of the process, i was returned as the duly elected candidate of the APC, a copy of the INEC report as certified by the Commission is attached.
“The APC primary election committee that conducted the election also confirmed that i won the election as evidenced by a report signed by all members of the committee (without a single instance of dissent).
“The APC subsequently confirmed to INEC that the orimary election held as scheduled on 17th February, 2024; however, without giving any reason, indicated that the election was inconclusive and will be completed on 22nd February, 2024 and invited INEC to monitor the completion exercise.”
Idahosa asked the Commission to take cognizance of the February 17th primary in accepting and publishing the party’s nominated candidate for the Edo state governorship poll slated for September.
He added: “The Commission will also appreciate that there are pending reliefs for injunction and is urged not to take step that will either preempt the court of prejudice of ongoing judicial process.”

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