With the stage set for a possible power shift in Edo state, Governor Godwin Obaseki faces the tricky hurdle of sailing past the internal party unrest and cruising to victory at the All Progressive Congress primary election.
The state gubernatorial poll is set to hold on Tuesday, September 22, while APC primary is scheduled for June with the ruling party likely to finally adopt the controversial direct mode.
Should APC maintain its earlier stance, Governor Obaseki will apparently test his reputation and political acceptability again by locking horn with other frontline aspirants.
It would be recalled that six gubernatorial hopefuls, including the incumbent governor, have thrown hats into the ring about to wrestle for state power heartbeat in a style.
Possible result analysis of the primary, however, partially favoured Governor Obaseki who has been at loggerhead with his predecessor and former godfather.
Meanwhile, Wothappen.com highlights details of all aspirants going into Edo election after successfully purchasing the nomination and interest forms.
Unarguably a politician and successful businessman, Godwin Obaseki is the governor of Edo state – a position he has been occupying since his swearing-in on November 12, 2016.
He was a former chairman of the Edo State Economic and Strategy Team inaugurated by former Governor Adams Oshiomole in 2009.
The 60-year-old will test his popularity again during the APC primary election programmed for Monday, June 22.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu
Without any scintilla of doubt, the only great hindrance against the emergence of Obaseki as APC flagbearer in the primary election is no other than his arch-foe Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
A pastor and ex-chief of staff and secretary to the Edo state government, Ize-Iyamu contested against and lost to Governor Obaseki in 2016 guber election in the state ― albeit on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The 57-year-old political figure, who was recently given clearance to contest by APC, will test his popularity again when he locks horn with the incumbent governor and others.
Rt. Hon. Dr. Pius Odubu
Pius Odubu is another political bigwig seeking to govern Edo state and a frontline aspirant next in rank to Governor Obaseki and Pastor Ize-Iyamu.
A barrister and solicitor of the federal republic of Nigeria, he is a former deputy governor of Edo state between 2012 and 2016 under the leadership of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
He contested the Edo state 2016 governorship election but lost to the Obaseki. He is a former lawmaker representing Orhionmwon/Uhumwode Federal Constituency of Edo state.
Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi
Chris Ogiemwonyi, another name in Edo politics, has served as the former honourable minister of state for works in the country.
He defected from PDP to APC in 2016 but his hope to become the governor of Edo state was dashed having received 137 votes in the primary election, coming in fourth.
Ogiemwonyi will have to do it again.
Hon. Osaro Obazee
Osaro Obazee is a lawmaker in the Edo state House of Assembly representing Oredo East state constituency. He will also test his popularity should he scale through the APC screening on Thursday, June 11.
Hon. Matthew Aigbuhuenze Iduoriyekemwen
A trained zoologist, Iduoriyekemwen has served as Edo State representative in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
He is popularly known as “Major.’’ Between May 29, 1999, and May 29, 2007, he represented the Ikpoba-Okha local government area in the Edo state house of assembly
He has served as chairman, house committee on state security and majority leader of the EDHA.