An All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Edo State Engr. Gideon Ikhine has dismissed the insinuation that Comrade Adams Oshiomole has an anointed candidate. 

He insisted that there is no favoured candidate for the party’s February 17 shadow election in the State.

Ikhine distanced the former Governor from anointing any of the 12 aspirants jostling for the party’s ticket shortly after submitting his expression of interest and nomination forms at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja on Friday.

The governorship hopeful warned those peddling such rumours of Oshiomole anointing an aspirant to desist.

Admitting a cordial political and working relationship with the former labour leader, Ikhine maintained that he remains the most acceptable and competent aspirant of the party.

“Any child that abuses his father don’t you know he will not go too far in life?  He is our father in the State. I can never have any frosty relationship with him,” he said.

“There is what we call a will. Even God will not tamper with your will. I am. not sure you are quoting him rightly. He has never on any occasion come out to say I have an anointed candidate. Please don’t misrepresent my leader.” 

Concerned by the huge debt profile of the State, Ikhine promised to utilise the potential of the State to turn around its fortunes.

According to him: “Edo State is like a hub. You cannot go to the East, West and North without passing through Edo State. If you have such a state and you pass by and you look at the present situation you can start from the human capital. The average citizen in Edo State today is barely existing. 

“They are not living. We must give this people a hope. We must give them a life. When we christen our campaign the beckon of hope, there is a reason we christened it the beckon of hope. We need to reestablish the beckon that made it what it was.

“Today, are we where we are supposed to be, no. What is the value we have as a state? The value we have today as a name is the Benin Kingdom. How have we been able to take advantage of the name? To transform it into socio-economic value for the people? We have not done that. These are some of the things we want to do. Focusing on tourism and rebuilding our infrastructure.”

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