As successful candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gear up for the 2019 elections, PATRICK OCHOGA x-rays the candidates for the Edo South House of Representatives seat and their chances at the 2019 polls.
OVIA FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY:
Hon. Omosede Igbinedion (PDP)
Hon. Omosede Igbinedion is the incumbent member representing Ovia federal constituency in the House of Representatives. She depended largely on the family’s political dominance coupled with father’s wealth, the patriarch of the Igbinedion dynasty, for her victory over the APC candidate, Hon. Isaac Osahon in the 2015 national assembly elections.
Her emergence was also made easy by the internal squabbles that dogged the primaries of the APC then involving Hon. Charity Amayanabor and the then incumbent House of Representatives member, Engr. Isaac Osahon.
One critical factor that paved way for the emergence of Omosede was the defection of Hon. Dennis Idahosa from the APC to the PDP.
Idahosa had defected to the PDP to support former President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid in the 2015 presidential election.
Idahosa, who enjoyed mass support at the grassroots, also served as Commissioner for Investments under the administration of former Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
Almost 4 years down the line, the mainly agrarian constituency is yet to feel the impact of the lawmaker, whom the electorates accused of reneging on her electoral promises to the people.
It was learnt that most leaders in the Constituency, including students and youth groups have on various occasions insisted on voting out the lawmaker in the forthcoming 2019 election.
They hinged their decision on her inability to attract any federal project to the constituency.
Penultimate week, students and youths from the constituency handed a ‘red card’ to the lawmaker over what they called “poor performance” at an interactive session with her opponent, Hon Dennis Idahosa, APC candidate for the same seat.
Spokesperson for the group, Oviafabor Armstrong, said although they effectively campaigned and mobilised for Omosede’s emergence, they are left with no choice than to work against her re-election in 2019.
According to Armstrong: “Being a youth herself and her background, we thought she understands our plight but we were wrong as she went to sleep shortly after her election. She is not at home with our pains.”
Hon. Dennis Idahosa (APC)
Hon. Dennis Idahosa’s venture into the murky waters of politics especially in the Ovia South West/Ovia East axis, which constitutes the Ovia federal constituency, is seen as a battle between himself and Gabriel Igbinedion, who over the years determined the political trajectory in the constituency.
Idahosa, is one of the youngest political figures in the state that enjoys enormous confidence among the political gladiators and heavyweights regardless of party affiliations.
His decision to contest for the Ovia federal seat as the candidate of the ruling APC is considered timely owing to the alleged long years of neglect by past political representatives.
Obviously, the election is a two horse race between Idahosa and the incumbent Omosede Igbinedion. But analysts likened the election to a battle between Idahosa and Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, the father of the incumbent and the Esama of Benin, or that of the biblical ‘Goliath Versus David’.
Before he threw his hat into the ring, Idahosa, who is a successful businessman and philanthropist, had played so many roles in politics and governance.
He was a Commissioner for Foreign Investments and Public Private Partnership under former Governor Oshiomhole. While serving as commissioner, Idahosa donated his salaries to his people, sharing it among youths, women and the elderly.
It will be recalled that few weeks to the 2015 general elections, Idahosa decamped to the PDP and played “The Game Changer” role in the emergence of the incumbent as member, House of Representative.
After the 2015 presidential and National Assembly elections, knowing the political worth of Idahosa, the then governor, Oshiomhole and the leadership of the APC pleaded with him to return to the party.
After Idahosa’s return to APC, the game changed again as the party won all the House Of Assembly seats both in Ovia North-East and South-West.
The calm and highly cerebral alumni of the Western Delta University in Oghara, Delta state is popular and respected within the political circle in the state.
As a result of his loyalty and sacrifice to the APC, he was made the leader of the party in Ovia South-West local government. He appears favoured to clinch the seat come 2019.
IKPOBA OKHA/EGOR FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY:
Hon. Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma (APC)
Hon. Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma Johnson contested and won the House of Representatives seat in 2015 under the platform of the PDP before jumping ship to the APC.
He was caught in the crossfire of the leadership crisis that rocked the PDP in 2016. He fought on the side of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff against the Ahmed Makarfi faction over the national chairmanship of the party. The protracted crisis had forced him to defect to the APC Sheriff lost out to the Makarfi side.
His defection became an advantage for the ruling party in Edo state owing to the grassroot appeal and popularity he enjoys. His empowerment and skill acquisition programmes have also endeared him to the people of his constituency.
He is said to be banking on his grassroot support base and incumbency factor to humble his opponent in PDP, Hon Jude Ise-Idehen.
Hon Jude Ise-Idehen (PDP)
Hon. Jude Ise-Idehen emerged the candidate of the PDP having defeated Hon. Itohan Ogbeide.
Ogbeide had few months to the party’s primaries defected from the APC to the PDP.
Ise-Idehen, a former lawmaker, who represented Ikpoba Okha at the Edo State House of Assembly, lost out in the supremacy battle at the State Assembly, which saw the House divided in 2014 between forces loyal to the late Chief Tony Anenih and the then Governor Oshiomhole.
Before now, the PDP candidate had stayed away from political activities until recently when he contested for the party’s ticket and won. He is said to have been handed the ticket on a platter of gold for his loyalty to the PDP.
OREDO FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY:
Hon. Ogbeide Ihama Omoregie (PDP)
Hon. Ogbeide Omoregie defeated the APC candidate, Hon Uyi Igbe in the 2015 election for the Oredo federal constituency seat.
The incumbent lawmaker is believed to enjoys the support of his constituents, which informed the decision of his party to give him automatic return ticket to the Green Chambers.
The 2019 election to occupy the legislative seat will be a straight fight between him and the APC candidate, Hon. Iyoha Osaigbovo.
Hon. Osaigbovo Iyoha (APC)
Osaigbovo Iyoha is the incumbent member representing Oredo Constituency in the Edo State House of Assembly. He emerged the APC candidate after intense horse trading between Governor Godwin Obaseki and his predecessor, Oshimohole, who is the APC national chairman.
It was gathered that Oshiomhole had preferred the choice of Hon. Osaro Obazee, a former chairman of Oredo local government area as the candidate to challenge the PDP candidate, Hon. Ihama because he is believed to be more rooted and a force to reckon with in the Oredo politics.
But Iyoha on the other hand is said to enjoys the backing and support of Governor Obaseki, who is from Oredo local government area of the state.
UHUNWONDE/ORHIONMWON FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY:
Hon. Patrick Aisowerie (APC)
Patrick Aisowerie is the incumbent member representing Uhunwonde/Orhionmwon federal constituency in the House of Representatives. He emerged his party’s candidate by defeating Hon. Elizabeth Ativie, a former Speaker of the State House of Assembly during the party’s primary election. Aisowerie, a grassroot politician is the leader of APC in Orhiomwon local government area.
Hon. Uwa Osunbor (PDP)
Hon. Uwa Osunbor is the second female candidate for the Federal House of Representatives in the state on the platform of the PDP after Hon. Omosede Igbinedion.
She was a Special Adviser to former governor Osarienmen Osunbor. She is a loyal and committed party member. She has remained in the party against pressure to defect to the ruling APC. She is banking on her grassroot popularity to give a fight to the incumbent lawmaker, Hon. Aisowerie.
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