By Ikhili Ebalu, Benin City.
The leadership of All Progressive Congress (APC), Edo Central Senatorial District in a stakeholders meeting held at Irrua, the headquarters of Esan Central Local Government Area, endorsed *Chief Francis Inegbeneki,* as the candidate for the party’s state chairmanship position, in the incoming nationwide APC state congresses slated for 16th of October 2021.
Speaking to the press after the meeting, a former APC LGA Chairman and former Vice Chairman of Esan Central Local Government Council, *Chief Priest (Hon) Francis Ubene,* said that, Chief Francis Inegbeneki was endorsed, because of his acceptability among the leaders and members of the party in the senatorial districts in particular, and Edo state in general.
“Edo APC has been in comatose aftermath of the gubernatorial election, and to put the party on a sound footing and ensure victory in the incoming circle of elections, the party is in dire need of a vibrant and dynamic chairman, that, should be at the helm of it’s affairs”.
“The leadership of our party thanked the outgoing chairman, Col David Imuse (Rtd), for his service to the party”.
“In view of the present status of the Edo APC, as the leading opposition party and it’s political obligation to Edo people, the party requires a *”Political General,”* that can rebuild and repositioned the party, hence, the choice of Chief Francis Inegbeneki”.
“We appealed to other leaders and members from Edo South and Edo North Senatorial Districts to give Chief Francis Inegbeneki the required support for the good interest and betterment of our beloved party. We’re certain that, he possessed the requisite political expertise to return our party to it’s winning ways, because, Inegbeneki is one of the few leaders in Edo political spectrum, that has never lost his political unit, nor ward, in any election, since he joined politics decades ago, till today”.
Reacting to his endorsement by the leaders of his senatorial district, Chief Francis Inegbeneki, promised to rebrand, rebuild and reposition the party, in order to be suitable to it’s present status, as the leading opposition party in Edo state.
He assured the leaders that, if he is given the opportunity to serve as the party’s state chairman, the party will be a loud voice for Edo people, and in the same-vein, hold Governor Obaseki and the PDP accountable to the Edo people.