Political Turmoil and Strategy Shifts in Edo State Ahead of 2024 Elections

As the countdown to the September 21 governorship election in Edo State accelerates, political dynamics are reshaping the landscape for the major contenders: the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the Labour Party (LP).

Political Parties and Internal Struggles:
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has approved 17 political parties to participate in the upcoming election, with significant attention on the PDP, APC, and LP. Each party has initiated campaigns with varying strategies aimed at securing victory.

The LP, traditionally strong in urban centers and parts of Edo North, faces internal discord over its deputy governorship candidate selection between Yusuf Kadiri and Oluyinka Faith Alufohai. This dispute has raised concerns, particularly with allegations of improper candidate replacement and challenges within the party’s leadership.

APC’s Internal Rifts and Defections:
The APC, led by Sen. Adams Oshiomhole, has been navigating challenges, including delays in forming its campaign council and disagreements over council composition. Despite these setbacks, Oshiomhole remains determined to reclaim the state, emphasizing unity and grassroots mobilization to bolster their electoral chances.

However, the APC has also witnessed significant defections, including notable figures like former deputy governor Philip Shaibu and former House of Representatives member Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, who have pledged support for rival parties.

PDP’s Strategic Approach:
The PDP, under the leadership of Hon. Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, has adopted a strategy focused on direct voter engagement rather than traditional rallies. This approach involves symposiums and town hall meetings across diverse groups to directly interact with voters, understand their concerns, and present their manifesto effectively.

A pivotal asset for the PDP is its deputy governorship candidate, Osarodion Ogie, renowned for his political acumen and extensive network across Edo’s three senatorial districts. Ogie’s strategic role, spanning from his tenure under different administrations to his broad interfaith appeal, positions him as a unifying force crucial to the party’s electoral prospects.

As the electoral battle intensifies, each party grapples with internal strife, defections, and strategic recalibrations to secure victory. The outcome of the election will hinge significantly on how these parties navigate these challenges, capitalize on strengths, and resonate with the electorate’s aspirations for good governance and development in Edo State.


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