Gov. Adams Oshiomhole
From Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State yesterday emerged candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria ahead of the July 14 governorship election in the state. Oshiomhole polled 334,267 votes, representing 97.9 per cent of the total votes cast at the primaries, to secure the ACN ticket for the second time in his bid for another governorship term. He emerged in a direct primary held across the 192 wards in the 18 local government areas of the state.
Chairman of the ACN electoral committee, Hon Kenneth Kobani, who announced the result of the primaries, said 341,333 persons were accredited to vote at the election.
“I, Kenneth Kobani, as the Chief Returning Officer, hereby declare Governor Adams Oshiomhole as the candidate of the ACN in the July 14 governorship election,” he stated.
A Certificate of Return was later presented to Oshiomhole at the primaries, which was observed by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, led by the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mrs. Rose Oborifobo.
Oborifobo said the conduct of the primaries was an indication that the electorate had been duly educated on election matters.
In his acceptance speech, Oshiomhole said his emergence signified the final defeat of godfatherism in the state. He explained that he was humbled by the decision of the party to elect him and promised to double the achievements recorded in his first term.
“It is not every governor that gets a chance to get re-elected. I know the implication of this endorsement. I do not take it for granted. The outcome of the primaries showed that the people are ready to sweep out all political impunities. I am indebted to you all. I have no reason to do less than what is possible. Edo will never remain the same again.
“Edo politics will never be the same again. We want to build a new political mass movement,” the governor said.
Following his emergence as ACN governorship candidate, two Toyota Hiace buses were presented to Oshiomhole for his campaign by the state chairman of the party, Thomas Okosun.