Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that the sitting governors of Edo and Ondo State, Godwin Obaseki and Rotimi Akeredolu, respectively, have received endorsements from the President, Muhammadu Buhari to run for second term as governors.
According to reports, both Obaseki and Akeredolu, who are members of the APC, have expressed intentions to run for second term in office.
Gubernatorial election in Edo State is set to hold on September 19 while that of Ondo State is scheduled for October 10, 2020.
The PUNCH reported that Odigie-Oyegun disclosed in an advertorial published in some national newspapers on Thursday, that both governors have received the President’s endorsement.
“I also welcome most warmly the news that Mr President has firmly endorsed the agreement reached to settle the disruptive leadership crisis at the national level that was threatening the very existence of the APC.
“The immediately relevant part of the agreement was that both the governors – Mr Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki of Edo State and Mr Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN of Ondo State have performed creditably and should be returned unless they do not so wish.
“This means that the party, in unity, should organise to support the return of both governors.
“Our democracy of course has no room for imposition, so the party must accept and also present members that offer themselves to serve in the positions being occupied by the incumbent governors.”
Regarding Edo State, Odigie-Oyegun said:
“Everything must be done to ensure that the persons in the leadership of the party at the centre who are part of the contrived crisis in Edo State must not even remotely be allowed to plan, participate or supervise the primary election.”
“Transparency must start with the guidelines as to how the primary elections will be conducted.”