The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Dr. Pius Odubu, on Tuesday, came under attack from his supporters across the state for not challenging the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries – alongside his other two colleagues Barr Kenneth Imansuagbon and Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi.
Odubu, who has been described as a leading contestant in the primaries, however, lost to Godwin Obaseki, whose emergence is been challenged at the moment.
Our correspondent learnt that a meeting of all his co-ordinators across the state was called by the Deputy Governor to calm frayed nerves, but his appeal fell on deaf ears.
It was further gathered that his supporters vowed that unless the primaries was thoroughly investigated and justice done, they would have difficulty accepting the results particularly as it had become public knowledge that the primaries were manipulated to favour Godwin Obaseki.
It was also alleged that the manner in which the Obaseki group had conducted themselves, since the primaries, did not show that they would need those who did not support Obaseki, citing the divisive attitude displayed by them during the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration
One stakeholder in the APC said that, “From available information, it’s clear that the Odubu camp which has remained silent since after the primaries may not be taken for granted unless something is done in the ongoing investigation by the appeals committee as a lot of them feels that the results did not reflect the wishes of the delegates.
“Dr. Odubu maybe at a cross road at the moment as his efforts to convince his followers may not yield the desired results ahead of the September 10 Governorship election in Edo State.
“It’s hoped that the leadership of the party will move in quickly to ensure proper reconciliation if it wants to go into election with a united front.”