The All Progressives Congress (APC), through its National Gubernatorial Aspirants Screening Committee in Edo State, has cleared all 12 governorship aspirants vying for its ticket for the September governorship poll. This clearance comes ahead of the February 17 primary election in the state.

The seven-man committee led by Prof. Taoheed Abdul Adedoja on Friday night after a two-day screening exercise cleared all the aspirants to contest next Saturday party’s primary.

This was contained in a statement signed by the APC National Organising Secretary, Alhaji Sulaiman Muhammadu Arugungu in Abuja on Saturday. 

The statement reads: “The Edo State Gubernatorial Aspirants Screening Committee has screened and cleared all 12 aspirants who physically presented themselves to be screened by the party’s screening committee.

“All the 12 aspirants who purchased the Expression of Interest Fotms and Nomination Forms were screened by the screening committee over two days between Thursday 8th February 2024 and Friday 9th February 2024.

“The Certificate of Screening will be presented to all the 12 Gubernatorial aspirants at the party’s Secretariat by the National Organising tomorrow Saturday 10th February 2024.”

The aspirants cleared include: former Minister of State, National Economic Planning, Prince Clem Agba; Senator Monday Okpebholo, who represents Edo Central; former Deputy Governor, Hon. Lucky Imasuen; member representing Etsako Federal Constituency, Hon. Anamero Sunday Dekeri; former APC governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Engr. Gideon Ikhine.

Others cleared are the immediate past Edo APC chairman Col. David Imuse; former Executive Director, Finance and Administration of the Niget Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Major. General Charles Airhiavbere (Rtd); former Governor Oserheimen Osunbor; former Zonal Organising Secretary (South-South), Dr. Blessing Agbohmere; member representing Ovia South/West-Ovia North/East Federal Constituency, Hon. Dennis Idahosa and Dr. Ernest Afolabi Umakhihe.

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