FREEPRESS: By Eben Enasco Kingsley- Former Aide to Ex-Governor of Edo State Adams Oshiomhole, Comrade Erasmus Ikhide has emerged winner of the Action Democratic Partys’ primary election for Edo North Senatorial seat conducted on Saturday in Benin City.
Ikhide who was unanimously endorsed by the party having satisfied the electoral obligations to contest the election within the ambience of ADP, will have to slog it out with the incumbent senatorial candidate of the ruling party, (APC), Senator Francis Alemiekhena and Hon. Abubakar Momoh competing for Edo North Senatorial space.
Addressing Journalists shortly after his emergance, Ikhide challenged Senator Francis Alemiekhena and Abubakar Momoh of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who are in the race to summon courage to debate him on salient issues.
He believes his Strenght is drawn from his objectives that have provided participatory opportunities for his constituent.
The former aide to the All Progressive Congress, (APC), National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole hinted that he was poised to bring more windows of employment to his people when elected in the coming general elections as Senator representing Edo North.
His words: “If voted as Senator, Afenmai first principle shall be my directive principles. I shall through my legislative influence and vast international network attract investments into Afenmai land in ways that will engender development and provide employment opportunities for the teaming youths.
“I have articulated my agenda for Edo North People and the time has come for the Afenmai people to chart a new beginning in remoulding their lives after several years of suffering and deprivation of Basic things whilst mismanaged trust reposed on them”.
Continuing, Ikhide who was also a former aide to Governor Rauf Aregbesola affirmed his committment to lead the new dawn for the Afenmai people through the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
While lauding the peaceful conduct of the party’s primary election, he appealed to members and the people of Afanmai to make this a reality.
Earlier, the State Party Chairman, Gabriel Oloruntobi said ADP was deaf sure of victory with those that have been selected and mandated to represent its quest.
With the electoral windows to submit list of parties candidate on October 7, deadline as provided by electoral umpire, INEC, winding up, Action Democratic Party (ADP) Edo State is perhaps ready to lock horns with other political parties.