Edo Guber: APC Fires Uzodinma, Appoints Otu Election Committee Chair

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Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo State.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has appointed Bassey Otu, Cross River State governor, as the chairman of its governorship primary election committee in Edo State, in replacement of Hope Uzodinma.

This is sequel to a series of petitions from various quarters, for the removal of Uzodinma as the chairman of the election committee, .
Hope Uzodinma, governor of Imo State, and chairman of the panel, had overseen the committee’s activities, which triggered controversy after producing three different candidates – Dennis Idahosa, Senator Monday Okpebholo, and Anamero Sunday Dekeri – and declared Dennis Idahosa the winner of the exercise.

Following the controversy, the National Working Committee of the ruling party declared the initial primary election inconclusive and held an emergency meeting on Tuesday night in Abuja, where it was resolved that a fresh primary would be conducted on Thursday.

In a list released on the eve of the new primary, Governor Bassey Otu of Cross River State, was named the chairman of the new committee that would oversee the election.

Before the announcement, there was outrage from various quarters demanding the removal of Uzodinma as chairman of the panel.

In a statement jointly signed by Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Lucky Imasuen, Senator Monday Okpebholo, and General Charles Airhiavbere (rtd), the aspirants said Uzodinma did not observe the minimum requirements for compliance with the relevant provisions of the laws and regulations guiding the election as provided in both the Electoral Act and the APC Constitution.

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