Ex-Gov. Osunbor Joins Edo Guber Race

Oserheimen OsunborThe governorship race in Edo State on Thursday witnessed a new entrant in the person of former Governor Oserheimen Osunbor.
Osunbor yesterday declared interest in re-contesting for the office he was sacked from eight years ago on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The ex-governor contested and won the April 2007 governorship election of Edo on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, before his victory was nullified and Adams Oshiomhole of then Action Congress declared winner on March 20, 2008.
He formally defected to the APC last year April following the defeat of PDP in the 2015 general elections.
Addressing newsmen at the national secretariat of the APC in Abuja, Mr. Osunbor said he was back in the race by popular demand of Edo people.
Recounting some of his achievements in the area of infrastructure, civil service reforms, health and education during his brief stint in the Edo Government House, the governorship aspirant said “I also fought for the accreditation of 30 out of 31 degree awarding courses in the Ambrose Ali University”.
“Since governance entails continuity, Oshiomhole continued with my legacies and I promise to continue from where he stopped”.
Responding to the question whether Mr. Oshiomhole had an anointed candidate, he said: “at a meeting in March, Oshiomhole publicly declared that he had no anointed candidate and I believe him even if you don’t”.
He said although there were lots of qualified candidates in the race, Edo people should vote for the “first among equals”, adding that he would bring his vast experience to bear as a professor and senator.
The entry of Mr. Osunbor into the race brings to nine the number of aspirants vying for the Edo governorship seat on the platform of the APC.
The gubernatorial primary of the APC will come up on June 18 while the election proper has been slated for September 10.
(NAN)

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