Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Edo poll: Ighodalo receives certificate of return, confident of victory

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the forthcoming Edo governorship election scheduled for September 21, 2024, Asue Ighodalo, on Tuesday, received his Certificate of Return from the party’s National Working Committee.

The certificate presentation comes after he emerged winner of the governorship primary which took place last week Thursday at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The former chairman of Sterling Bank, in a landslide victory, polled 577 of the 585 accredited votes to clinch the party’s ticket, defeating nine other aspirants including the incumbent deputy governor of the state, Philip Shaibu, and Anselm Ojezua, among others.

However, Shaibu was also elected in a parallel primary by his supporters.

Ighodalo was accompanied to receive the certificate by the state chairman of the party, Dr. Anthony Aziegbemi; former Deputy Governor, Chief Mike Ogiadomhe, and Senator Ehigie Uzamere, among others.

Presenting the certificate of return to Ighodalo at the PDP National secretariat, Wadata Plaza, in Abuja, the party’s National Chairman, Umar Damagum, said the PDP is one and that the party organised and recognised only the primary election which took place at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin and produced Ighodalo as its candidate.

Expressing confidence that the party will emerge victorious in the September governorship election, Damagum said, “Edo is an easy ride for us. We will emerge victorious. What we should be focused on now is uniting our party and bringing all stakeholders together to ensure we retain our seat at Osadebe Avenue.

“You have to put in your all going forward. I wish to use the opportunity to congratulate our party’s governorship candidate, Asue Ighodalo, and wish you success as you go around the State during your campaign.”

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In his appreciation speech, Ighodalo commended all stakeholders of the party for their support, promising to transform Edo state into a first-world economy if elected as governor.

He said, “I thank our party members and leaders as well as other stakeholders of the party, especially the youths, who took me through the length and breadth of Edo State during my consultation to become our party’s candidate. I am extremely proud to be a member of this party. I also appreciate our women for their love and support. They carried me on their back from day one.

“I am grateful for the fairness and transparency of the national leadership of the party. I salute the NWC for the transparent and fair manner in which it conducted the primary election in Edo State. The MKO Abiola election of 1993 was the closest to what we recorded at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium on Thursday, February 22, 2024.

“To the youth, it’s our time. By the grace of God and the will of the people of Edo state, we will run a government upheld by youths and with youths. Together, we will turn Edo into a state that everyone will be proud of.

“I will show leadership and direction. Our youths have promised that they won’t fail. We will show the rest of the world what we can achieve together as a people. We can become a first-world sovereign in Africa. I have seen the path and together, with your support and collaboration, we will achieve this.”

Ighodalo added, “The contest is over. Let’s come together as one. We need to work together as one team. We must unite to retain our seat at Osadebe Avenue and drive the progress of our state.”

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