Godwin Obaseki has emerged winner of the Edo State All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship primary held in the state last night.
He was declared winner by the Governor Aminu Masari committee of the APC, with 1, 618 votes.
Masari, governor of Katsina state and leader of the party’s national delegation that conducted the election, stated that the exercise, which held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City was peaceful and transparent.
According to Masari, 41 votes were invalid while a total of 2582 delegates partook in the exercise.
Obaseki’s closest contender was the deputy governor of the state, Pius Odubu, who polled 471 votes to emerge in second place.
Chris Ogiemwonyi, former minister of state for works, secured 137 votes; Ken Imasuagbon, had 247 votes; and Osariemen Osunbor, a former governor of the state, got eight votes.
Charles Airhiabvere garnered 11 votes, Emmanuel Arigbe-Osula, 10 votes; Ebegue Amadasu polled eight votes; Austin Emuan, seven votes; Blessing Agbomhere, fives votes, while the only female aspirantin the primary, Mrs. Tina Agbarha, got three votes.
The keenly contested primary has been the subject of serous controversies, violence and alleged assassination attempts.
It is widely believed that the new APC candidate was sponsored by the state Governor, Adams Oshiomhole
Obaseki who will now represent the APC in the September 10 governorship election in the state, is currently the chairman, Edo State Economic and Strategy Team
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