Ogbeide-Ihama Drops Out of Edo Governor’s Race Ahead of PDP Primaries

Ogbeide-Ihama Omoregie, who was running for governor of Edo State in Thursday’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary, has decided to drop out.

In a letter dated February 12, 2024, sent to Sam Anyanwu, the party’s national secretary, and copied to the PDP’s national working committee (NWC), Ogbeide-Ihama made this statement.

On Thursday, media were given access to the letter in which Ogbeide-Ihama stated: “More than a year ago, in response to the tremendous demands from a wide range of our citizens, we initiated the meticulous process of consulting with different stakeholders in our state.

In light of their reply, I have embarked on the process of running for governor of Edo State in accordance with the guidelines provided by our party’s National Working Committee.

Our party’s ward congress in the state was marred by a number of anomalies, which unfortunately tainted the process. Along with eight other hopefuls, I spoke out against the lack of openness in the process and the responsibility of the appointed committee. There was no mistaking that the process had been biased in favour of one candidate over another.

We approached both appeal committees intended to handle matters emerging from the congress with evidence of apparent violations of the party’s stated guidelines as dedicated party members seeking to express our unhappiness in accordance with established procedures.

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