Following the pronouncement by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara, declaring vacant the seat for Etsako Federal Constituency in Edo State, at the House of Representative, at least four persons have indicated interest to vies for the position.
The race to clinch the Federal seat under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is in top gear as the candidates are already attempting to undo one another.
There are early indications that the son of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, former Governor of the state, Dr Cyril Oshiomhole, has been favoured to pick the ticket. Already his posters have flooded the city of Benin the capital city of the state, a confirmation of the speculation that he is ready to contest for the Etsako Federal constituency seat.
The posters which is said to sponsored by the Etsako Vanguard is canvassing for the take over of representative elections by the new generation.
Dr Oshiomhole who is a US-based Medical Doctor according to report will be contesting under the platform of the All Progressive congress to replace Hon Philip Shaibu after he was made Deputy Governor on the account of the victory recorded by the APC in the September 28 governorship election in the state.
There are however speculations that his father, Comrade Oshiomhole has warned him to steer clear of Edo politics and return to his medical practice.
In spite of the caution by the former governor, the younger Oshiomhole has gone ahead to assure the people of Etsako that he would represent them better if nominated to fly the party’s flag. Mr Saturday Uwuilekhue , Commissioner representing Edo state at the Niger Delta Development Commission ( NDDC), is promoting the candidate of the younger Oshimohole,. Mr Uwuilekhue who affirmed the intention of Dr Oshimhole to run for the vacant House of Representative seat told The AUTHORITY that he does not see anything wrong with Comr. Oshiomhole’s Son contesting an election.
According to him as a citizen of Nigeria every one possess the right to vote and be voted for and that the people are there to decide on who they want as their representative.
Those that are oppose to younger Oshiomole’s emergence as the candidate for the House of Reps election are of the opinion that he may not have a chance since he resides far away in the US from his people.
Also eying the seat for EtsakoFederal Constituency is Johnson Oguma a former lawmaker who represented Etsako Central Constituency at the Edo state House of Assembly.
Oguma who is confident of picking the APC ticket is said to be fearless, and bold with a tract record of adequate representation as a two term Assembly member.
A Social Cultural Organization aegis of Etsako Progressive Agenda (EPA), have called on others candidates vying for the vacant seat to give their support to Oguma who according to them has delivered on his mandate while at the Anthony Enahoro complex.
A statement signed by the group’s President, Dr Sani Usman described Oguma as an experienced, loyal and grassroot politician who has what it take to represent the people.
The groups’s President said, “It is time we put aside politics of self-interest and parochial tendencies that has been the bane of politics in Afemai land and support someone who can represent our people, rather than pretenders who seeks public office for personal benefits. We decide to come out this time to ensure that we don’t get anything less than the best for our people because the task of law-making at that level should not be left for neophytes.”
Mr Blessing Agbonmere a former governorship aspirant in the 2016 governorship election in Edo State, has also indicated intrest to vie for the vacant Federal Constituency seat.
The aspirant who also is the President of the Movement for Youth Engagement in Governance, said it is sad that the state has very few youths in political positions.
He said, “We need young and vibrant minds to begin to run our economy. Most of the economies of the world today that we appreciated are driven by young people.”
Chief John Akhigbe an chieftain of APC, and former Senior Special Assistant, Protocol, to former Governor Oshiomhole is among the early aspirants who indicated interest to vie for the vacant seat Akhigbe a grassroot politician is from Fugar , he was speculated to be a running mate to Obaseki during the 2016 governorship election in the state.