Stakeholders in Esan South East LGA of Edo State, has thrown their support behind the State House of Assembly ambition of Chief Sunday Oziezele also known as Ikpenomhen on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2019 elections.
Rising from a meeting of leaders the stakeholders picked Chief Oziezele above the incumbent, Hon Festus Edughele who is gunning for his second term in the hallowed chambers.
The leader of the party in the local government, Victor Eboigbe who spoke at the meeting informed the gathering of the intention of the incumbent, Hon Festus Edughele to seek a second term in office, noting however that since the two aspirants are from Ubiaja, the homestead of Ward six and seven, he will not want to be seen as imposing any candidate on the electorate.
Eboigbe therefore urged the leaders from the two wards to go back home and harmonise their thoughts and come out with one choice.
He stressed that there is the dire need for Ward 6 and 7 to come together and work as one united force more so against the backdrop of the sensitive position the two wards occupies in thelocal government and as such anything that will resurrect divisiveness of the past should be avoided at all cost.
“Let it be noted that the era of imposing candidates on the electorate has been consigned to the dust bin of history.
I do not want my name associated with imposition of candidates by tale bearers, so go back and give me your choicest choice, but that choice of yours, should be based on who has the wherewithal to win election for the party,” he said with a note of finality.
However, the meeting at Ubiaja was deadlocked which necessitated the shifting of venue to Benin, the State capital.
Reports have it that the meeting of leaders and stakeholders lasted into the wee-hours of Tuesday morning where it was amicably resolved and subsequently settled for Sunday Oziezele as the choice.
As at the time of filing this report, party faithful, well-wishers who are sympathetic to Oziezele course.
An elated Ward Executive Ohue Samuel, noted that with the emergence of Chief Oziezele, the party no doubt is set to be repositioned to that enviable status that is its hallmark.
“I know his antecedent; here is a pragmatic resourceful young entrepreneur of repute, a magnanimous philanthropist, who with others of his likes all over the country is currently coming to sanitise our putrid political firmament.