Edo 2024: Confusion as 2 APC governorship candidates emerge 

Confusion has trailed the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election for the Edo state September 21, 2024 governorship election, following the emergence of two candidates from the exercise which held in Benin.

In the result earlier announced by Hope Uzodinma, Imo state governor and Chairman of the primary election committee, declared a House of Representatives member Hon. Dennis Idahosa as the winner of the exercise.

Uzodinma who declared the result at Protea Hotel, said Idahosa polled 40,453 out of 42,381 votes cast to defeat other aspirants who contested the primary election.

However, in another result announced by Dr. Stanley Ugboajah, the returning officer for the primary declared Senator Monday Okpebholo as the candidate of the party.

The returning officer said Okpebholo polled 11,145 votes to defeat the second runner-up, Dennis Idahosa, who scored 5,536 votes.

Trouble started at Lushville hotel, venue of the announcement of results by Dr. Ugboajah during which suspected political thugs attack disrupted the exercise.

The hoodlums beat up Journalists, electoral officials and destroyed laptops and television cameras.

Prior to the disruption, Senator Okpebholo was leading in six out of the eight local governments that had been released.

The electoral committee had temporarily suspended the announcement to wait for other officials to turn in their results when the hoodlums struck.

At the resumed announcement at a private residence, Ugboajah condemned the assault, adding that the returning officer has the legal right to announce election results.

Up to 12 aspirants were screened and cleared by the national leadership of APC to contest the election.

Shortly before the primary, Pastor Osagie Ize -Iyamu and Dr. Ernest Afolabi withdrew.