Oshiomhole opposes Obaseki’s candidate in Esan West, imposes Aguinede
By Osayande Nosa Bright, Ekpoma
Crisis is brewing among sections of the APC youths in Esan West LGA over the alleged imposition of Mr Patrick Aguinede, an ‘indicted’ former Commissioner in the Ministry of Basic Education, as APC candidate for Esan West LGA election.
The recently concluded kangaroo non electoral primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to select a Chairmanship flag bearer for the contested March 3 LGA Council election for Esan West LGA had four aspirants, but the leadership caucus of the APC zeroed it down to two major aspirants who met all the eligibility conditions of the APC.
Mr Patrick Aguinede, a former member of the Edo State House of Assembly and formerly Commissioner of Basic Education under the regime of Adams Oshiomhole, who was investigated for mismanagement of funds in the ministry and unceremoniously dropped, was the preferred candidate of Adams Oshiomhole, according to information available to newsmen.
On the other hand, Mr Kelly O. Udubhulu, from a minority Community of Urohi, is believed to have been the candidate of the governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, who wanted a minority Community to become chairman of Esan West LGA at least for the first time.
Investigation by newsmen revealed that at the initial selection rounds that took place Wednesday at Ekpoma, APC leaders of Esan West LGA endorsed Mr Kelly O Udubhulu for the position of Chairman and there was wild jubilation across Esan West LGA and particularly at Urohi Community.
But according to reliable information available to newsmen, the former governor called the leaders of Esan West and ordered a change of the nomination of Mr Kelly O Udubhulu and ordered for the replacement with Mr Patrick Aguinede, apparently to checkmate Obaseki from having a hold on any LGA in Edo State.
When URHOKPOTA REPORTERS visited Urohi Community Thursday, there was palpable sadness among the people who lamented that the former governor had deprived the Community of their best opportunity so far to lead Esan West LGA which is their home.
“Oshiomhole hates Esan. But he hates Urohi more. Why would he change our only opportunity to lead Esan West LGA?” Mrs Omonigho Eigbogbo, an APC member in Urohi lamented.
“We are very disappointed in the former governor. He took away the chairman from Urohi and he did not even compensate us with even Vice Chairman or Secretary to the LGA and our man has done his best to clinched that position. This is wicked way to reward hardwork.” Ighodalo Ogbeide, an APC youth leader in Urohi said.
The situation was not different in Iruekpen and Ukhun in Esan West as the youths interviewed lamented the sudden twist.
“APC is not sensitive to our plight in Ekpoma. Why would they not allow a minority to become chairman? This is unfair” Sunday Aigbomian, a youth leader from Iruekpen lamented.
When contacted for his comments, Mr Kelly O Udubhulu was speechless. He declined to give comment but confirmed that the slot was taken away from Urohi even though he was not able to say who took the slot away.
As at press time, it is unclear whether the governor, Godwin Obaseki, would reverse the decision to adopt Patrick Aguinede.
However one of the four aspirants (not Udubhulu) has given a hint to URHOKPOTA REPORTERS that he would be going to court to contest the eligibility of Aguinede to contest for the position of Chairman.
As usual URHOKPOTA REPORTERS shall keep you posted as the details unfold.