- As candidate of Modu Sheriff’s faction picks female running mate
Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City
Former Director General of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum, Mr Osaro Onaiwu, has picked the governorship ticket of the All Progress Grand Alliance (APGA) in Edo state.
This came as Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo state under the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the party, picked the former National Woman leader of the PDP, Herbetta Okonofua, as his running mate for the September 10 governorship election in the state.
Onaiwu emerged as the candidate of APGA after polling 372 votes.
It would be recalled that Onaiwu who was one of the governorship aspirants of the PDP pulled out from the PDP race a few weeks to the primaries of the party after he alleged plans to rig the exercise in favour of one of the aspirants.
Speaking to journalists shortly after emerging as APGA candidate, the former Director General, PDP Governor’s Forum, promised to kick off his campaigns next week, saying “I am willing to serve my people and we have come up with our four pillars, which is security , trade and Commerce, agriculture and industrialization. Once we are able to achieve those four then we are home and dry.
“Dangote has come to Edo state to invest because Edo is peaceful, we will improve on what the incumbent governor has done so that we will accelerate development to our people”.
Asked why he left the PDP before the primaries of the party, Onaiwu narrated: “The party leaders were not serious. They lie every day of their lives. For me, I have taken my vision to another party that I believe where they will celebrate my vision not a fraudulent party. I have moved on, I have no scandal but we know that one of the PDP candidates have been visiting the EFCC.
“APGA will take over the state. It is a new dawn, I don’t have a godfather, God is my godfather. If you look at the candidates of the two other political parties they have a godfather but God is my godfather. I will lead my people where there is milk and honey” he stated.
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