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2015: Edo North APC senatorial ticket tears party leaders apart

BENIN—CRISIS is brewing in All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo North senatorial district of Edo State, ahead of the 2015 state and National Assemblies election, following the disagreement between the ethnic groups in the area over the choice of the senatorial candidate of the party.
Meanwhile, the chairman of Etsako Central Local Government Area, Mr. Emmanuel Momoh, said yesterday, that only Governor Adams Oshiomhole and party leaders can endorse party candidates and not chairmen of councils.
The council boss, who denied reports that he had endorsed the Secretary to Edo State Government, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, for the Edo North senatorial seat, said: “I only received Ihonvbere like we received any other aspirant and of course, we said we have enormous respect for him. So, I was shocked to hear that I endorsed him because I have no powers to endorse any body. The governor is the leader of the party and whoever he endorses, will be our candidate.”
The current senator representing the area in the Senate, Senator Domingo Obende, is from the Akoko Edo axis and has the backing of his people for a second term, while the Owans are backing their son, Ihonvbere, for the Senate seat.
Political tension has heightened in the area, following the insistence by leaders of APC from Etsako areas, led by Alhaji Usman Shagadi, to resist any attempt to shut out people from their area from the senatorial race.
Two of their sons, the current member representing Etsako federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Abubakar Momoh and Chief Francis Alimekhena are also in the race for the Senate.

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