The Rushville Hotel and Suites in Benin's Government Reservation Area (GRA) served as the venue for the announcement. The governor reports that Senator Okpebholo received 12,433 votes, more than his nearest opponent, Dennis Idahosa, a congressman from the Ovia district in the House of Representatives, who received 6,541 votes.

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In Benin's Government Reservation Area (GRA), at the Rushville Hotel and Suites, an announcement was made. The Governor reports that Senator Okpebholo received 12,433 votes, more than the 6,541 votes cast for his nearest opponent, House of Representatives lawmaker Dennis Idahosa of the Ovia constituency.


Okpebholo's win is significant since it establishes him as the APC's nominee for governor of Edo State in the next election. This primary election follows a contentious and unresolved one that was supervised by Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma last week. Disagreements regarding Dennis Idahosa's hasty proclamation as the winner led the APC National Working Committee to step in and declare the first primary unresolved.


Uzodimma said that Idahosa had accumulated 40,483 votes, the number that party members had disputed as leading in the gubernatorial run. In addition to addressing the divisive problems that plagued the first attempt, the primary rerun demonstrates the APC's dedication to an open and democratic process for choosing its candidates.

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