Clem Agba: Result of Edo APC guber primary ‘a ridicule, undermines principles of democracy and fair play’

Clem Agba: Result of Edo APC guber primary ‘a ridicule, undermines principles of democracy and fair play’

Immediate past Minister of State for Budget and National Planning and frontline governorship aspirant in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Prince Clem Ikanade Agba, in a swift riposte to the controversial outcome of the primary election that held on Saturday, assured his supporters that they won the exercise based on the authentic turnout of party members.

In a statement entitled: “Edo 2024 APC Primary,”, Agba wrote: “To my good people of Edo State and esteemed members of our great party, the All Progressives Congress, I want to thank you for your loyalty and support for my candidature.

“Unfortunately, what we have all witnessed in the APC party primaries in Edo State on Saturday February 17th, 2024 falls below the minimum standard of democratic elections that is universally acceptable.

“I believe strongly that thousands of loyal party members were disenfrachished. Based on the authentic turnout, we clinched victory. The result so far announced is a ridicule and undermines the principles of democracy and fair play. Votes of the people did not count, processes of election were compromised and the strength and unity of our party greatly undermined.

“While I remain a loyal party member, I will not be part of a process that robs the mass of our loyal party members of their inalienable right to vote. What has taken place in Edo State negates all that even our political leaders have taught us over the years about democracy, the will of the people, one man, one vote and justice and fair play.

“We must come together to challenge this great injustice and restore the integrity and strength of our great party.

“Such impunity that the people have been subjected to should have no place in our great party.

“We will proceed speedily within the guidelines laid down by our party to seek for justice.

“I want to thank everyone that has supported me for your unwavering commitment and belief in our vision and qualification. Your passion and dedication have been the driving force behind our campaign, and I am truly grateful.

“As we move forward, remember that our journey is far from over. We will continue to fight for a better future for Edo State, a future where every citizen can thrive and succeed.

“Our resolve is unbreakable, and our commitment unwavering. We will not rest until justice is served and the people’s will is honoured.

“Thank you, and let us march forward with courage and conviction.”

*Prince Clem Ikanade Agba (CON)

Immediate Past Minister of State, Budget & National Planning, Federal Republic of Nigeria

17th February 2024

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