By Ezeocha Nzeh
The national caretaker and Extra Ordinary Congress committee of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned that the party’s loss at last Saturday’s governorship election in Edo state will.k serve as a wakeup call to its stakeholders ahead of the October 10 governorship election in Ondo state
The party viewed its loss of the Edo state election as a major threat to it in Ondo State.
The representative of the Youth in the APC Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee, Alhaji Ismail Ahmed, said this yesterday at the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja.
The APC governorship candidate in Edo State, Osagie Ize-Iyamu lost to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Governor Godwin Obaseki in the election
Ahmed, who spoke after the Virtual meeting of the APC media bloggers and influencers, hosted at the National Secretariat, said the party would do a post-mortem review of its loss in the Edo State governorship election.
He blamed the APC governorship primaries in Edo State as a factor that contributed to the loss of the party in the election, even as he disagreed that the APC performance in Edo was dismal.
Fielding questions from the media on the loss of APC in Edo, he said, “Are you calling that performance dismal?
“Remember we ran against an incumbent governor and everybody knows the history of Edo governorship primary and there were a lot of circumstances we could not explain.
“We thought we had covered the ground fully well, but there was a blind side we didn’t see. But the party has not officially done a post mortem which we intend to do this week: the National Assembly is very busy, we are going to call a post mortem to know how far and how we found ourselves in this kind of situation.”
On the implications of the loss with Ondo State governorship election, the Youth Leader said,” As we go to Ondo state, we know that APC did not win the Presidential election in Ondo state. So, Ondo is also going to be very dicey, but the governor has done most of the reconciliation that he needed to do based on what the reconciliation committee recommended to him. We are not going to take anything for granted anymore, we are not going to be sitting on our oars again, we are going to go out and fight to make sure that we retain that state (Ondo).”