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Edo guber election: NNPP screens aspirants for primary


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the four aspirants that participated in exercise  in Abuja were Mr  Peter Okoeguale, Rev. Sebastian Iyere, Balogun Engeeleyeme and Pastor Azehme  Friday.

Addressing newsmen at the commencement of the screening, the Chairman of the Screening Committee, Sen. AbdulRahman Abubakar, said the exercise was to ensure that a qualified candidate emerged from the party’s primary election.

Abubakar, said it was also to have a good candidate that could get victory for the party  in the governorship election.

He said that the committee would, among others, look at the aspirants’ academic qualifications, party membership card, National Youth Service Corps certificates, voter cards, financial commitment and any waiver, where applicable.

“We will be very much interested in whoever emerges as our candidate, and hopefully the next governor of Edo and the kind of governance he is going to offer.

“The example we are laying in Kano State will  also be extended to Edo State by the end of this year, God willing, “ Abubakar said.

Other members of the committee were Mr  Ladipo Johnson, Mr Mustapha Alkassim, Mr Ahmed Balewa and Mr Bashir Abacha as Secretary.

One of the aspirants, Sebastian, who is a priest in the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, told  newsmen during the screening that he would   turn Edo into industrial hub of West Africa,if elected.

“I will  make Edo generate electricity, which is important  for water, security and the processing of our products.

“That will attract   industries to Edo ,which will  provide jobs for our  people. Electricity is the bedrock of  development all over the world, “ he said.

Asked of his view on zoning, Sebastian who is from Edo Central Senatorial District, said the decision was for the party, adding that by the  constitution, he was qualified to run.

Another aspirant, Balogun, a former member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) pledged to tackle infrastructural deficit, develop healthcare and education sectors, if elected.

“I am a grassroots person and I am very conversant with the problems of Edo people.

“I will improve the state agricultural sector, education and healthcare system . I will construct  roads to ease  transportation of   goods,“ he said.

Another aspirant, Azehme, who also described  himself as grassroots person,said  he would impact lives and foster  development in the state,if elected.

Azehme, a  journalist said he was already involved in tackling poverty and insecurity in Edo and that the state government had acknowledged his efforts .

“I have a  scholarship programme  and I have schools that pupils  attend for free,I will continue to do more for the people”he said.

On his part, Okoeguale said his decision to  seek  the  NNPP ticket  was taken after several engagements with stakeholders.

Okoeguale, who expressed confidence in emerging the party’s candidate, promised to bring succour to the people of Edo ,if elected .

The party’s  National Publicity Secretary, Shendam Yakubu, who also spoke  during the exercise, said there would be level ground for all aspirants during the primary.

“NNPP is a party of transparency, we don’t want to do what happened in All Progressives Congress (APC) where different candidates emerged at the primary ” Yakubu said. (NAN)

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