The All Progressives Congress (APC) has blamed controversial primary election for the lost of the just concluded Edo state governorship election, adding that the forthcoming Ondo governorship election is dicey.
Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defeated the candidate of the APC at the weekend election.
When asked to react to the lost, a member of the National Caretaker Committee of the ruling party representing the youth, Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed, who spoke with newsmen at the party’s national secretariat lamented that his party no longer has representation in the South-south geo-political zone.
“Are you calling that performance dismal? Remember we ran against an incumbent governor and everybody knows the history of Edo governorship primary and there were a lot of circumstances we could not explain.
“We thought we had cover the ground fully well but there was a blind side we didn’t see. But the party has not officially done a post mortem which we intend to do this week: the National Assembly is very busy, we are going to call a post mortem to know how far and how we fine ourselves in this kind of situation.
“As we go to Ondo state, we know that APC did not wine the Presidential election in Ondo state. So, Ondo is also going to be very dicey but the governor has done most of the reconciliation that he needed to do based on what the reconciliation committee recommended to him. We are not going to take anything for granted anymore, we are not going to be sitting on our oars again, we are going to go out and fight to make sure that we retain that state (Ondo).
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“It is very disheartening for us as member of the party that for the first time since 2015, the party does not have a single representation in the South-south in terms of state, that is something I’m absolutely unhappy about. For the first time our Party was the only party that has representation in all the states, except PDP in 2003 when President Obasanjo wanted to contest because in 1999 PDP had no representation in the South-west but for the first time the APC we had representation in all the geo-political zones since 2015 but now we have lost it. We have to work hard to regain it even though we won election fair and square in 2019, but that is something we can’t take for granted any longer.”