The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday formally launched its campaign for the September 19 Edo State Governorship Election.
The event which was held at the University of Benin Sports complex had in attendance leaders of the ruling APC.
Among those present at the rally were its governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
Others included the deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, the governors of Kano, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kaduna, Niger, Ogun, Osun, Ondo and Imo states. While those of Kogi and Lagos sent their deputies. Others included Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of State for Budget and Economic Planning, Prince Clem Agba and his counterpart in the Steel Ministry, Uche Oga.
The former National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, his deputy when he was governor of the state, Dr Pius Odubu who was a governorship aspirant of the party, two other former aspirants, Egr Chris Ogienmwonyi and Major General Charles Airhaivbere (rtd), former deputy governor, Lucky Imasuen and several chieftains of the party across the state graced the event.
Conspicuously missing was a former national chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun and a former governor of the state, Professor Oserheimen Osunbor who had publicly pledged their support for Governor Godwin Obaseki before he left the party.
Naija News reports thatThe delegation had earlier visited the palace of the Oba of Benin where they were received by His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II who again called for a peaceful election.